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4 Possible Causes of a Toothache

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM by Jeff Rubel

4 Possible Causes of a Toothache | Coral West DentalIf you’ve experienced a bad toothache, you know that it can be one of the most painful experiences imaginable. It’s the kind of throbbing pain that can wake you up from a deep sleep, and it’s a miserable experience overall. And according to some women, a toothache can actually be more painful that childbirth! That’s some serious discomfort.

Should you find yourself dealing with a toothache, you’ll want to be rid of it immediately. In order to stop the pain, you’ll need to discover the root of the problem. Here are four possible causes of a toothache:

  • You Chipped or Broke a Tooth

Superficially chipped teeth don’t always hurt, but if you’ve caused serious damage to a tooth, expect some pain. If the pain is moderate to severe, you should seek dental care immediately – that could indicate an exposed root, which can easily lead to infection or the death of the root itself.

  • You Have a Cavity

We all get cavities from time to time, despite our best efforts. If you’ve been slacking with your dental hygiene, you can easily end up with a cavity – especially if you make questionable choices with your diet. Foods high in sugar become acidic in the mouth, which deteriorates your tooth enamel.

Cavities don’t always hurt, but they can be sensitive to direct pressure or exposure to sugary foods or drinks.

  • Gum Disease

Believe it or not, gum disease can make your individual teeth hurt, especially if it’s advanced. Periodontal disease causes the gums to become red and inflamed, which makes them more sensitive and even prone to bleeding. When your gums are injured and sensitive, the pain can seem to center on individual teeth and be misinterpreted as a toothache.

Additionally, gum disease causes teeth to become looser and more separated, changing the way they fit in your mouth (especially when you chew or bite). These changes can lead to incremental tooth pain, as the teeth adjust to their new positions.

  • You Grind Your Teeth at Night

There’s a name for this condition (bruxism), and it’s alarmingly common. Up to 31 percent of the population may experience symptoms of bruxism, and you may not even realize that you’re doing it. If you wake up with a jaw that feels weary or sore, or with inexplicable tooth pain, you could be grinding.

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