What’s Up With That Toothache?
February 9th is National Toothache Day! Not only do we have a day dedicated to those dreaded pains, but the month of February is devoted to children’s dental health. In order to avoid toothaches, we must start an enthusiasm for dental hygiene at a young age!
Though its origins are unknown, Toothache Day reminds us those sharp pains and sensitivity are not to be ignored. Getting in and having the area looked at can prevent bigger and more costly treatment if it’s ignored. A toothache can involve swelling, sensitivity to hot or cold, or sensitivity when biting down. All of these can be symptoms of decay or a possible infection under the gums. At Fox Valley Dental, we’re well-versed in crowns, root canals, and resin fillings. Whatever that toothache turns out to be, our team would love to help you out!
Children’s Dental Health Month
This year, the ADA‘s theme for Children’s Dental Health Month as “Water: Nature’s Drink.” Simple as that slogan may be, drinking water is one of the best ways to keep a mouth healthy and clean. Truly the best way to keep the mouth and body healthy is to stay hydrated. That means, according to Mayo Clinic, 15.5 cups of water for men and 11.5 cups for women. These are studies for full-grown adults, and the 8×8 rule of 8 cups of 8 ounces is a very doable goal as well. For older children and teens, 6-8 cups is the general recommendation, and of course for toddlers and younger children the recommendation is even less. Children are less likely to develop cavities with plenty of hydration along with regular brushing and flossing!