There are little things worse than a throbbing toothache. The discomfort and pain can be difficult to control, and will take over every aspect of your daily life until it is fixed. While only a dentist can diagnose where that pain is coming from, often the cause is a tooth that needs a filling, or more intricate work like a root canal or crown fitting.
Once you are feeling strong pain from your tooth, you are out of time for getting it fixed. This is a situation that needs to be addressed NOW, but, if you had paid more attention to your daily oral hygiene could you have prevented this type of dental emergency from occurring? The answer is a resounding “yes”!
Every time you open your mouth to eat, drink, or smoke, you are exposing your teeth to potential damage. The sugars in your foods, the acids in your wine, and the chemicals in your cigarettes all have the power to weaken your teeth. If you do not give your teeth the daily maintenance they need to fight back against the intruders that are entering your mouth, how do you expect them to remain strong each day? Oral hygiene does not take long to do, but will make a difference in the long term for the number of dentist visits you have to make each year.
Take action with three simple steps morning and night, and your teeth can become a strong fortress against tooth decay and damage. Step one is to brush your teeth. The small abrasive particles within your toothpaste will scrub away any nasties that are trying to cling onto your teeth. The second step is to floss between each tooth. Keep the floss taut as you scrape it over the sides of each tooth, and pull out any food scraps that are hiding in a hope they will get a chance to eat away at your tooth enamel. Finally, take a big swig of your mouthwash so that you can blast out any remaining bacteria that thinks they have got a chance of making your mouth their home.
Come and see your Baltimore dentist every year for a cleaning so that any potential issues can be addressed quickly. If you follow these steps, there will be no need for you to be calling our dental office in pain because of a dental emergency. Instead you can keep your focus on the more enjoyable parts of your life.