National Toothache Day is February 9
Toothaches are most-often caused by cavities, but can also be a symptom of gum disease, an abscess or an impacted tooth reports the American Dental Association.
Results of a study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the state's Department of Health Services found more than 15 percent of Wisconsin adults have untreated cavities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that nearly one out of every two American adults age 30 and over, or 64.7 million individuals, have advanced gum disease also known as periodontitis.
Regular, preventive care and early treatment of dental disease saves dollars, time in the dental chair and toothache pain.
An adult patient in Wisconsin pays just $26* per month on average over a 12-month period for two routine cleanings, two dental exams and one set of X-rays. Compare this preventive, pain-free option to:
Choose to Own Your Smile and find a WDA dentist, and you'll never "celebrate" National Toothache Day again.
- $ 142* per filling
- $ 151* per extraction
- $ 661* per simple root canal
- $1,026* per crown
*2013 Schenck Dental Fee Survey
Six habits that harm your teeth
Make a New Year’s resolution to break these six common habits and save your teeth.
Interested in learning more about how to break these habits? Read more
- Nail biting
- Brushing too hard
- Grinding and clenching your teeth
- Chewing ice cubes
- Constant snacking
- Using your teeth as tools
A mouthguard should always be worn when participating in any sporting or recreational activity to reduce the chance of oral injuries.
Mouthguards are necessary for all sports
Mouthguards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face and jaw. When it comes to protecting your mouth, a well-fitting mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age.
Studies show athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to their teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. Collision and contact sports, such as football and hockey, are higher-risk sports for mouth injuries, but you can experience a dental trauma in other sports too, such as basketball.
Remember to properly clean your mouthguard too! Learn more about mouthguards on WDA.org