As one of the most common symptoms of dental health trouble, a toothache can mean a wide variety of things. Usually, however, it indicates a risk to your teeth or an already developing dental issue that could have been prevented. For example, with the exception of dental emergencies, most toothaches stem from weakened tooth enamel or early tooth decay development, both of which can be avoided by keeping your teeth consistently clean. Today, we examine a couple of other causes of toothaches, and how to keep your teeth strong enough to prevent most of those causes.
The Causes of Most Toothaches
The reason your teeth aren’t always sensitive to food particles and oral bacteria is because the enamel that surrounds them is the most resilient substance your body produces. When your teeth do become sensitive, it’s most often because this protective layer of enamel has become weak or compromised. This may be due to acid attacks mounted by harmful oral bacteria, or by the excessive force and friction created by chronic teeth-grinding. It might also be because your teeth roots, which are not protected by enamel, have become exposed due to gingivitis and gum recession.
How to Keep Your Teeth Strong
Because the most common causes of toothaches are things that your dentist can help you prevent, visiting your dentist on a regular basis (usually at least twice a year) is paramount to preventing toothaches. During your visit, your dentist or hygienist will thoroughly clean away the plaque and tartar that harbor harmful oral bacteria. Your dentist will also check for signs of issues like bruxism that might contribute to tooth wear and sensitivity, and recommend appropriate treatment, if necessary.
Prevent Toothaches with Routine Dental Care
Most common causes of toothaches, including chronic dental disease, can be prevented with consistently good hygiene and regular preventive dental care. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.