No one wants a toothache. They’re painful, can lead to headaches, and can keep you from eating or drinking. Toothaches can interrupt our day-to-day lives and make it hard if not impossible to enjoy life.
According to the Mayo Clinic, tooth decay is the primary cause of toothaches for both adults and children. The Mayo Clinic also explains that the bacteria that live in your mouth feed on the starches in the food that you eat. The acids that are produced by that bacteria can eat through your tooth enamel and eventually lead to toothaches, cavities, and tooth decay. To ensure you avoid toothaches in the future, we’ve come up with some simple adjustments to your diet and brushing habits.
- Change your diet
If you’re prone to toothaches, or you just want to know how to prevent toothaches from every happening, try changing your diet. Even a small change in your diet can greatly affect your health. Since we know that bacteria love the starches and sugars from the foods that you eat, the obvious choice will be to change your diet. Choose foods rich in calcium and phosphate to help maintain strong and healthy teeth. A person aged 19 to 50 years old needs about 1,000mg of calcium daily. Those foods rich in calcium include milk, yogurt, cheese, tofu, nuts, cabbage, broccoli, oranges, and oats. If you need more phosphate in your diet, add some egg yolks, lentils, and corn. Lucky for us, a lot of foods containing high levels of calcium also contain high levels of phosphate, so drinking more milk and consuming more soy and oats should cover both bases.
- Avoid highly processed foods
Highly processed foods attract a bacterium that damages your teeth and undoes the re-mineralization process. You may also want to cut out sugary foods altogether. Eat more fruits and veggies, as well as whole grains. Vegetables and whole grains contain fiber which can provide bulk and texture for cleaning bacteria and plaque off your teeth.
- Change your teeth cleaning habits
If you don’t do so already, brush, floss, and use mouthwash regularly. If you’re unsure about what toothpaste, floss, or mouthwash to use, consider talking to your dentist.
- Choose baking soda over glycerin
Baking soda is effective at decreasing the number of bacteria that erodes tooth enamel. Glycerin inhibits the tooth’s ability to re-mineralize itself.
- See your dentist regularly
Regular check-ups and cleanings can go a long way in maintaining a healthy smile and avoiding toothaches.
If you don’t have a current dentist, and it’s been a while since your last cleaning and exam, contact us and schedule a visit today.