Do You Celebrate This Little Known Holiday?
During the month of February, the stores are full of treats to enjoy for Valentine’s Day, couples are making reservations at their favorite restaurant, and single friends are making plans together. While everyone is celebrating love, we are preparing for another holiday that is celebrated this month on February 9th — National Toothache Day. While it sounds like this day is honoring the pain and discomfort associated with tooth decay, it is actually the opposite. National Toothache Day brings awareness to the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene to avoid a toothache.
Ways to Prevent a Toothache
The best way to prevent dental health issues is to visit our office for routine hygiene examinations within the recommended time frame. Most of our patients should visit every six months; however, other patients, such as those who suffer from gum disease, may be advised to visit sooner. We also suggest scheduling recommended dental treatments in a timely fashion. The longer you postpone treatment, the more susceptible you are to experiencing discomfort.
It is also important to clean teeth properly at home by brushing twice daily and flossing to remove lingering food and bacteria. While it is not always possible to brush and floss after every meal, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help increase saliva production as a way to cleanse the mouth. It is also important to be mindful of what you eat and drink on a daily basis. Be sure to include plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables and limit foods and drinks high in sugar. To help prevent bacteria from remaining on your teeth all day, we suggest eating food during meal times and avoid snacking.
We want to ensure that you spend your February celebrating love and not dealing with a toothache or other dental trouble. If it has been some time since you last visited the dentist, be sure to contact our office located in Wellington, FL to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!