Here come the rains ..respite from the blazing heat of the sun but they also bring in a plethora of ailments like cold, fever, wheeze, diarrhoea, flu etc. Tooth pain is one of the most common problems faced during the monsoon. Most commonly it’s the old who dread the colder season..an one of the most common complaint is TOOTH ACHE!!
Teeth have an abundance of nerves..but they sense everything as pain only .. be it severe temperature changes or pressure changes.. These ultra-sensitive nerves are protected by the enamel and the gums in younger population.. however as we grow older, the enamel wears out and the gums also recede exposing the sensitive dentin that can send jolts of pain or sensitivity when something cold comes in contact with it.
Therefore one of the most common reason for dental symptoms during the colder weather is the cold air or water that contacts the exposed nerves of the worn out teeth. Besides the worn out teeth, the exposed dentin of decayed teeth, teeth having broken fillings and that are cracked or fractured also get easily aggravated to the cold air. At this low temperature, the nerves in the tubules of the dentin gets agitated and transfers the temperature changes to the tooth pulp which manifests as pain.
Secondly, the maxillary sinus, an air filled cavity in the face might also get inflamed during the rainy season. This condition is called maxillary sinusitis which often causes pain and root infection in the upper premolars and molars.
But in both cases, the pain or sensitivity occurs when there is a pre-existing damage in the teeth. Therefore, rather than taking over the counter remedies for these, it better to visit a dentist and solve the problems once and for all.. The dentist will examine and x-ray the teeth, look for micro cracks and gum exposures seal them before they can cause severe pain. A full digital mouth x-ray or orthopantomogram will also cover the sinuses and show us in minutes if there is any infection or fluid in the sinus causing the heavy feeling on the upper jaw teeth. An advanced dental center can also examine your teeth under a microscope and detect the flaws. For sensitive teeth – a painless LASER desensitisation will help in a big way.
Maintenance of good oral hygiene is a must. This can be achieved through brushing twice a day, flossing, tongue cleaning, rinsing between meals, avoiding snacks inbetween meals, having a balanced diet rich in fibre and nutrients and low in sugars and saying a big NO to smoking and alcohol.
The most important tip to follow to avoid a bad toothache during monsoon is to have a timely dental check up prior to the season. This check will help out to diagnose dental decay, broken fillings, broken crowns, dislodged bridges and wasting diseases of the teeth namely attrition, abrasion and erosion. The dentist could also identify gum problems from early gingivitis to advanced periodontitis, gum pockets, recession and acute infections like gum boils. All the above listed problems can be fixed and treated if identified on time.All clinics of Apollo WHITE dental are well equipped to diagnose and handle microscopic defects using digital tools and LASERS. For queries, you may chat with an expert online at www.apollowhitedental.com or call the toll-free 18001-02-02-88 for a discussion.
As the word goes “A stitch in time saves nine,” it is always better to target prevention than cure. Visit your dentist before the monsoon sets to solve all your dental problems as a preventive measure. You will then never say “Rain..Rain go away”. You can welcome the rains and savour a hot cup of tea with your mouth free of dental problems.