As the name suggests, it is not something anyone would want to celebrate. The thought of a toothache brings thoughts of discomfort, pain, and sometimes pure agony. Toothaches are usually caused by cavities, tooth decay, tooth fractures, grinding or clenching teeth, infected gums. and damaged fillings. That is why, this day is a reminder of toothaches and the prevention measures that need to be taken to avoid them.
Dental Hygiene is essential to avoid toothaches, this includes daily flossing and brushing your teeth regularly. A visit to the dentist is also recommended every 6 months to maintain dental hygiene and avoiding cavities or other sometimes serious dental problems. There is a general trend to ignore toothaches and rely on pain medication to delay the visit to the dentist for as long as we can. Unfortunately, the medications may numb the pain for a while, it does not in any way help your teeth. That is only possible with a visit to the dentist for professional treatment to fix your teeth.
Toothaches can adversely effect the quality of our life. Ignoring toothaches can result in the pain increasing consistently and leading to a much bigger problem than it originally was. Some of the symptoms include tooth pain of varying degree and may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth or drinking something hot or cold. Toothaches can also cause fever, headaches, and bad odour from the mouth.
Please take toothaches seriously as it is a signal from your body to go to your dentist. If ignored one cavity can become two, or a simple filling might become a painful extraction. So be mindful of your teeth and make your biannual visit to the dentist. Let the International Toothache Day be a reminder of taking your dental hygiene seriously.