3 MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN THEY HAVE A TOOTHACHE.
Toothache? It may be because of sensitivity or cavities.
Mistake Number 1: IGNORING THE PAIN
Dental cavities are holes (or structural damage) in the teeth. Cavities refer to tooth decay, which occurs when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer, the dentin. These bacteria change foods, especially sugar and starch, into acids. Bacteria, acid, food pieces, and saliva combine in the mouth to form a sticky substance called plaque.
Plaque begins to build up on teeth within 20 minutes after eating. If it is not removed, tooth decay will begin. Left untreated the decay can cause pain in the tooth leading to a loss of concentration and loss of sleep at night which can affect your performance at work and at school. The decay can also cause the tooth to get infection leading to an abscess formation. The infection can spread throughout your body causing flu like symptoms.
It is best not to ignore PAIN, even when it is fleeting or transient. Pain is a mechanism that your body uses to tell you that something is wrong. Do see your dentist at the earliest opportunity. The earlier the lesion, the easier it is to treat
Mistake Number 2: WAITING TOO LONG TO SEE THE DENTIST
The above picture shows the stages of tooth decay. A small cavity can be repaired with either an amalgam filling (compos