What are the 3 causes of toothache and how to prevent it?

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Hi, my name is Pamela, and I’m the Co-Owner and Practice Manager here at Northern Dental Design at Epping in Melbourne. Yesterday, Dr Zina was treating our patient, Chris from Lalor, as an emergency. Chris was up all night, unable to cope with the pain. We managed to see him in our clinic during our lunch break, so we could help him get some relief. We often get patients coming in with unbearable toothaches, and so often they can be prevented. So I thought I would create this video to explain to you the three causes of toothache and also how we can prevent them.

Tooth decay is a very common cause of having a toothache. Normally, when we get told we need a filling, we think to ourselves, “I can’t feel anything wrong.” If you leave the decay untreated, it normally will not cause any pain before it’s too late. The decay, which is little bad bacteria or food bugs will sit on the tooth, and then will grow bigger until it reaches the nerve. Now, a problem that could have been fixed by a simple filling if caught early will now be needing a more extensive treatment such as a root canal therapy to fix.

Another common cause for a toothache is impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are positioned very far at the back of your mouth, which often is very hard to clean and not completely erupted. They can cause infection and swelling. Impacted wisdom teeth that have been left behind can contribute to the pain.

Finally, another common cause of pain or toothache is gum disease. Bacteria surrounding your teeth can cause inflammation of your gums. And once again, the way to prevent that is good oral hygiene and frequent visits to see your hygienist usually twice a year to clean away all the bacteria inside your gums. Did you also know that about 50% of people who smoke have gum disease? Smoking has been proven to be the major risk factor for gum disease. Moreover, Diabetes is very closely related to gum disease as well. So staying healthy and having a good diet all help with your oral health.

Now, how do you prevent these issues? Well, the answer is simple. They can all be prevented by eating less sugar, following a good oral hygiene routine, and visiting a dentist every six months. Don’t forget that dental treatment and dental x-ray should also be taken every two years, so we can detect anything before it becomes an issue.

If you are experiencing a toothache, we can help you relieve the pain, and treat the cause. Here at Northern Dental Design, we are very compassionate and gentle with our approach. You will never feel rushed. Simply complete the form on our website, give us a call, or direct message on social media, and we will help you organise your appointment. We look forward to looking after you here at Northern Dental Design.


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