7 Common Causes of Toothache

Everyone at some point has had tooth pain. According to WebMD, 1 in 8 adults may have sensitive teeth.

When it happens, it hurts a lot and play havoc to your plans.

There’s a lot of reasons why we can get that familiar sharp pain in our mouth, which is why we’re making this list!

We’ve listed 7 of the most common causes for toothache below, so hopefully if you’re feeling the pain you can identify why and figure out ways to stop it.

Braces or Orthodontic Alignment

If you’ve got braces, a retainer, or some other form of corrective orthodontic equipment, there’s a good chance you’ll feel a bit of pain or soreness. This usually occurs during the initial stage after the fitting or wear but should subside over time.

If you still feel a persistent pain after a couple of days, however, you should consider talking to your orthodontist to see what changes to be made so that the equipment doesn’t take over your daily routine.

Incorrectly Brushing or Flossing Teeth

It’s easy to do, but far too often people don’t pay attention when they’re brushing their teeth, causing them to put unnecessary pressure on their teeth. This pressure can cause bleeding, irritation and inflammation in the gums. It can also cause the gums to recede, which can make teeth unstable and result in even more pain.

Talk to your dentist about proper brushing techniques and make sure to use soft-bristled toothbrushes only. 

Teeth Grinding
Also known as Bruxism, teeth grinding is a common reason for tooth, jaw and neck pain. This is frequently performed by a person when they are asleep or in stressful situations.

Vigorous teeth grinding can involve clenching down hard on the jaw and moving the top and bottom teeth along each other very quickly. This results in several issues, including jaw pain, headaches and even cracked or chipped teeth, which can be extremely painful. The most effective solution is to have a custom mouthguard fitted for use when you sleep, to help protect the teeth from the effects of grinding.

Temperature Sensitivity

Do you get a sharp sensation in your teeth whenever you eat or drink something too hot or cold? This might mean that your tooth enamel has worn away and the dentin – the layer of the tooth nerve – is affected.

To prevent further damage and help the nerves of your teeth, try a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. A general dentist, such as those from Putney Dental Care can offer you recommendations and more ways to treat the issue.

Tooth Fractures

Teeth are fragile and can be damaged in many ways. Falls, playing sports or eating something hard or sticky can sometimes crack or chip teeth, causing pain. If you’re feeling this pain, it’s because the fracture has made its way down to the nerve endings, thus causing immense discomfort.

While the pain may not occur immediately, this will develop over time and can be serious if left unchecked. This is a good reason why chips or fractures should be treated by an endodontist such as from Australian Dental Specialists as soon as possible.

Tooth Abscess 

When the root beneath the tooth has been affected by decay, there’s a high probability that the root and surrounding tissue have been damaged too. This can cause a pulsating pain that’s hard to locate and hard to treat if left untouched. It can also result in bone and tissue loss, meaning it’s a serious matter that needs to be seen as soon as possible.

Tooth Decay

The big one! While not exactly thrilling, tooth decay is the most common cause of a toothache. As discussed earlier, the decay would have to reach the inner layer of the tooth, called the dentin. Once the dentin is damaged, a cavity can appear and can cause an uncomfortable ache.
If the ache becomes a sharp pain, however, the decay has most likely reached the middle of the tooth. This is dangerous if left untreated and can cause further issues. 

If you’ve got any of these symptoms, the best idea is to call a dental specialist. The sooner you get a simple examination and determine the issue, the better.