Have you ever had a dream where your teeth were loose or they fell out? It gives you a terrible feeling. Thank goodness you wake up and realize it didn’t actually happen. Have you ever had a toothache? It also gives you a terrible feeling. Almost everybody knows how a toothache feels and we also wish we never have to feel it ever again. Unfortunately, a toothache is not something you wake up from and it’s gone.
 
North Palm Beach area dental services treat toothaches. But what exactly causes them? Is it avoidable or inevitable? Apparently, the seemingly indestructible tooth which can reduce solid foods to tiny pieces is still vulnerable to injury and decay.
 
Dental carries, also known as cavities, remain to be the number one cause of toothaches. The etiology of dental carries is the bacterial species Streptococcus and Lactobacillus. These are bacteria that normally reside in our mouths. Along with oral secretions, they constantly produce a thin film that covers our mouth and gums. They digest sugars from the food we eat and produce lactic acid. Over time, these acids can destroy the hard components of our teeth like enamel, dentin, and cementum. Several factors contribute to the formation of plaque and its progression to tooth decay. Not brushing regularly is a factor. Poor oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates, diabetes, and reduced saliva can also contribute to the formation of plaque.
 
Another source of toothache is injury. Injury to the tooth can occur thus exposing the nerves inside the root to noxious stimuli causing pain. This is the same mechanism for pain in dental carries, exposure of the nerves. A tooth that has already been treated but has a damaged filling will eventually hurt. The tooth can crack due to trauma from sports or other accidents. Bruxism, the unconscious grinding of the teeth during the day or when asleep, can become severe enough to cause fracture or loss of the hard components of the teeth. An abnormal bite caused by the improper alignment of teeth can cause pain by applying uneven pressure on the teeth and can also lead to fractures and erosion. Gum disease may initially cause pain from a different site but can later affect the tooth itself. Lastly, tooth eruption in children and of the wisdom tooth in adults can cause pain.
 
All these mentioned are the causes for toothaches. Most of them are preventable. And when present, can always be treated for patients in the North Palm beach area. If you are having a toothache, it is better to treat it before the problem gets more severe. 

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Palm Beach Gardens Office
7100 Fairway Dr Ste 59
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
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