Ankeny Dentist Discusses the Causes of Toothaches

Do you have a , Dr. Amanda Foust, is here to help. In today’s blog, Dr. Foust explains the common causes of toothaches and explains the steps you can take to prevent them.

Common Toothache Causes

A toothache can be caused by a variety of factors. Common causes of tooth pain include:

Preventing Toothaches

But the most common culprit behind toothaches is cavities caused by poor oral hygiene. When we don’t take care of our teeth, the bacteria in our mouths break down stray food particles. Soon, the bacteria spread and multiply, increasing the level of oral acids in the mouth. Over time, oral acids weaken tooth enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay. In order to help prevent tooth decay, always brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, as well. These simple measures help cleanse the mouth of harmful bacteria and food particles, aiding in the prevention of tooth decay.

Dental Fillings

In order to restore teeth damaged by cavities, Dr. Foust offers composite fillings. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings contain no trace amount of mercury. In addition, metal fillings have been known to expand over time, damaging teeth and increasing the risk of infection. Composite fillings can be shaded to match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. For teeth severely damaged by decay, Dr. Foust also provides natural looking porcelain crowns. A crown is a cap that fits over the visible portion of a tooth, protecting and preserving the remaining structure while returning your tooth to full function and appearance.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Ankeny Family Dentist

Are you currently suffering from a toothache? Then talk to your Ankeny family dentist. Dr. Foust is ready to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding your dental health. Contact .  Located in the 50021 area, we proudly serve patients from Ankeny, Polk City, Bondurant, Elkhart, Alleman, and all surrounding communities.