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National Toothache Day

A toothache is never a fun experience – and on February 9th, National Toothache Day reminds us just how important having good dental hygiene is. Toothaches, which are known by their scientific name odontalgia, is when you experience a sharp pain in or around one or multiple teeth. Toothaches can cause a number of dental problems and pain in your mouth. 

Today the dedicated team at WhiteWing Dental is here to explain the importance of this day! 

What causes toothaches?

Toothaches can be caused by several factors including biting something too hard, grinding your teeth, tooth decay, and gum disease. There are cases where a toothache will resolve on its own but in some cases dental treatment by a professional is needed. 

How did National Toothache Day originate? 

It might seem strange that there is a holiday dedicated to toothaches. However, National Toothache Day is a reminder for everyone to take care of their oral hygiene so that they are able to live a long, comfortable, and happy life! National Toothache Day began as an unofficial holiday in the 2000s and no one is sure how it actually originated. Now National Toothache Day serves as a reminder to all of us about how toothaches take place and how to prevent them by visiting your dentist.

How you can observe National Toothache Day

    • Make a commitment to brush and floss

By making a promise to yourself to brush and floss twice a day, you are taking the first step in order to promote good oral hygiene in your daily life. By replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, you can make sure that your toothbrush bristles are never worn out and stay effective. 

    • Learn what to do if you have a toothache

Knowing how to care for yourself when you have a toothache is imperative so that you can follow the necessary steps to properly care for yourself. Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater and using an ice pack will help relieve the pain, and if the pain persists for more than two days, it’s time to see your dentist for further care. 

    • Schedule dentist appointments 

Along with the two other steps, scheduling dentist appointments is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to taking care of your oral hygiene. Making dental appointments to get your teeth cleaned twice a year is strongly recommended if you want to prevent any dental problems in the future. 

Why is National Toothache Day important?

National Toothache Day is important because it is our reminder to keep up with our everyday oral hygiene habits. Prioritizing oral hygiene is a vital part of keeping your mouth healthy and pain free. Toothaches also encourage us to go see our dentist for cleanings. Even if it may seem like we don’t have the time to, once you feel the unbearable pain of one, it will be something you never want to experience again. National Toothache Day also helps us to remember to avoid sugar. Sugar can be a huge reason that people develop oral health problems and avoiding it can help improve your overall health.  

National Toothache Day falls on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 this year and will serve as a reminder to everyone to practice good oral hygiene. 

Celebrate National Toothache Day by visiting your local dentist for a cleaning!

It’s never too late to start making good hygiene a priority in life. You can count on the savvy McAllen dentists at WhiteWing Dental to support your goal to keep up good oral hygiene. We want you to keep your smile healthy and happy!

Schedule a visit today – and keep the toothaches at bay!

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