Thursday, September 9, 2010

How To Avoid Dental Pain

If you have ever experienced tooth pain you will be all too aware of how unpleasant and debilitating it can be. Dental pain can be caused by a number of factors. One of the most common is enamel erosion. Enamel is the top layer of the tooth that is there to protect the more sensitive dentine and dental nerve that form the inside part of the tooth. If the enamel is eroded by decay or general wear it can expose the more sensitive parts of the tooth to extremes of temperature and bacteria. This will cause sensitive teeth, which can involve very sharp pain that makes eating, and especially drinking, very difficult.

If enamel erosion has occurred to a more serious extent, it could result in a tooth infection. Cavities in the tooth enamel caused by plaque acid can lead to bacteria penetrating into the tooth and causing infection. This infection will attack the dental nerve, eventually killing it if not treated in time. The dental nerves are very sensitive and can be extremely painful if subjected to infection. Some patients assume that when the dental pain has gone the problem is resolved. This may not be the case but simply occur as a result of the root dying. The infection may still be present and spread to other teeth in the mouth and even enter the bloodstream. This is why it is so important to see a dentist as soon as you experience any dental pain.

Dental pain can come in many varieties. It can be dull and throbbing or sharp and intense. It can also be acute and chronic. It can treated with over-the-counter medication and painkillers but it is always recommended that you see a dentist rather than trying to treat the pain yourself. Dental pain is often very progressive and will become more severe over time. Acting fast and with appropriate treatment from a dentist will hopefully allow you to avoid and further pain.

Brushing your teeth is by far and away the most important way of keeping them clean, healthy and free from decay. Effective brushing is the first line of defence against a whole series of nasty and unpleasant dental health concerns that could cause you a lot of pain, embarrassment and expense throughout your life.

Shimla dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for three minutes. It is recommended to use a soft-bristled brush, unless told otherwise by your dentist for specific reasons, as they are the best at removing plaque and ultimately that is the number one aim of tooth brushing. When brushing it is important to angle the brush at 45 degrees to the gums so that they are also gently cleaned. This helps to keep plaque off the gums and prevent gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss in the India. Using a small-headed toothbrush is also recommended because it allows easier access to more parts of the mouth.

Although brushing is very important, it is also still a good idea to floss your teeth at least once a day as this helps to remove plaque and food debris from between the teeth. As well as this, it is also highly important to make sure you keep up six-monthly appointments with the dentist as even the most rigorous brushers can still be affected by decay and disease.

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