Rochester Dentist’s Tips to Avoid Toothaches

pretty smile and dental flossLike most dental health issues, preventing a toothache can save you from a wealth of discomfort and the possible need for extensive treatment. Since sensitive teeth can result from a number of dental issues, preventing sensitive teeth can mean preventing a wide range of dental issues from developing. Luckily, that isn’t as complicated as it may sound. Most dental diseases, including tooth decay and gingivitis (the precursor to gum disease), can be thwarted with good hygiene, routine maintenance, and professional care from your Rochester dentist.

Healthy Teeth are Comfortable Teeth

A healthy tooth is protected by a thin, semi-translucent layer of enamel, which is comprised almost entirely of mineral crystals. Underneath enamel is the tooth’s more sensitive main structure, called dentin. When enamel is weakened, either by damage or from acid erosion, dentin can be exposed to bacteria, food debris, hot and cold temperatures, and other irritations. As tooth decay settles in and a cavity develops, your toothache may grow worse. You can help prevent enamel erosion by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day to control the bacteria that convert sugar into acid. Your dental checkup and cleaning will allow Dr. Calcagno to spot weakening enamel and recommend treatment to strengthen it before your teeth become sensitive.

Give Teeth a Tougher Skin

You don’t have to wait until your teeth hurt or your enamel grows weak before taking steps to fight a toothache. While some nutrients, like sugar and other carbohydrates, can fuel the threat to your teeth, other foods can help strengthen tooth enamel by providing teeth with essential minerals. The highly-mineralized layer surrounding your teeth is comprised almost entirely of calcium and phosphate, along with other trace minerals. Consuming plenty of dairy, such as milk, cheese, and sugar-free yogurt, can help your body maintain a healthy supply of calcium, which your body cannot produce naturally. Meats like turkey, chicken, and beef, and green vegetables like broccoli can also increase your calcium intake. If you’re lactose intolerant, a vegetarian, or a vegan, then speak with your physician about nutritional supplements to that you receive a proper amount of minerals and nutrients every day.

About Dr. Calcagno:

Dr. Gilly Calcagno is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Minnesota Dental Association, and is active in local dental implant study clubs. To schedule a consultation, call Calcagno Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659.