Getting your wisdom teeth removed has become a rite of passage, particularly in the United States and Australia. Many dentists routinely recommend removal of the teeth. If they are impacted – in other words, still below the gum line – this can involve surgery and all that entails: general anesthetic, stitches, and a week or more of recovery.
Although root canals continue to be a standard practice in most dental offices, more and more dentists are advising against them. In a root canal, most if not all of the nerve in the tooth is removed. As a patient, you can eat again, and the pain is gone. Unfortunately, however, a root canal is a temporary solution and often the beginning of a chronic problem. Many doctors now believe root canals can damage the immune system and negatively affect your overall health.
Tooth pain is a miserable experience. A toothache is often caused by a cavity, and cavities occur when certain types of bacteria produce acid and destroy the enamel and the underlying layer, the dentin, of a tooth. Bacteria grow when you have inadequate oral hygiene with improper brushing, particularly if you are eating a lot of starch and sugars. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing carefully are two of the best ways to avoid cavities.