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August 27th, 2018

These Are the Top Reasons for Toothaches

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Toothaches: they are almost bound to happen at one time or another in your life.

But what are some of the common causes of toothaches, anyway? Let’s explore common causes of toothaches together.

Cracked Tooth/Fractured Tooth/Damage to a Tooth

Teeth can accidentally get cracked a number of different ways. Did you suddenly start to have pain? Or are you having problems when biting down on food? You might have damage to your tooth or even a cracked tooth. If and when that fracture makes its way to the middle of the tooth, where nerve endings are, the pain will hit hard.

Tooth Decay

It may not be a surprise to hear how tooth decay can lead to pain. If your tooth decay is significant enough to reach your dentin, that’s probably when you’ll start to feel it. If decay continues, and reaches closer to the center of the tooth, the pain will likely worsen.

Gum Disease

If you have swollen or bleeding gums, combined with pain in your teeth, it could be gum disease. Again, just like all of these, this is one not to ignore!

Infection in Your Tooth

While the abscess could be caused by a number of reasons, you may have a tooth with an infection. If that’s made its way to the root tip or around the root, you could be in a lot of pain—and this is often pain that never quits.

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Diminished Enamel

For whatever reason it may be, if your tooth enamel has eroded, your nerve endings could be extra sensitive. Think of it this way: once your enamel is weakened or damaged, when something like hot liquid or cold liquid hits your tooth, it can actually hit the nerve endings in the dentin layer of your tooth.

Sinus Infection

Believe it or not, it might not be your teeth! If you have nasal congestion, a headache, and are experiencing other signs of a sinus infection—and all of a sudden you also have pain in what feels like your jaw area—it could be pain from your infection.

Grinding Your Teeth

Pressure from clenching or grinding your teeth can add up. In some cases, this can result in nerve pain.

Mouth Cancer

When someone has oral cancer, there can be many signs and symptoms that result. One potential symptom, which also comes with other symptoms, is pain or even numbness in the mouth.

Tooth Eruption

Yep, when little ones are having a new teeth come in, it can really hurt!

Orthodontic Appliance

If you’re in the middle of using a dental alignment system, that can be another reason you feel pain or discomfort in the teeth and gums.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth are impacted, there can be a great deal of pain in both your jaw and gums (1).

‘Just’ Have Mild Discomfort?

Do you “just” have mild discomfort in a tooth? Even if the pain is dull, let us know. If the pain becomes more intense when you eat or drink hot or cool foods, it could be a signal that there is significant decay or even a cavity.

If it’s not a cavity, you could have thinning of your tooth enamel or even receding gums which are causing the pain. Just know you might not have to deal with that discomfort.

Is That Tooth Sensitivity An Issue?

A quick and easy way to see if you need to come in and tell us about your tooth sensitivity is to try and cut back on your whitening toothpaste, which many of us use today.

By using these kinds of toothpastes only every other day, for example, you will give your teeth a bit of a break.

A few other tips:

  • Cut back on cold or hot drinks to see if it makes a difference
  • Ask us about your use of tooth whitening products—even toothpastes—when in doubt
  • Brush gently to be sure you aren’t making your gum recession worse
  • Start using a soft-bristle brush
  • Try to cut back on acidic foods for a week to see if it makes a difference

Schedule an Appointment With Us

If you are having abnormal or unexplained pain in your mouth, be sure to let us know. These might be some of the causes of your pain (which, by the way, might not always be clear), but we want to help you resolve that pain.

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Hagen Dental is Here to Help You Keep That Healthy Smile

As always, this blog isn’t giving any medical advice; if you have any sort of pain in your mouth, be sure to come in and see us so we can evaluate your specific situation. Give us a call to learn about smile makeovers, full-mouth rehabilitation, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and much more at Hagen Dental Practice. We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation or your next regular professional cleaning with Dr. Hagen by calling (513) 251-5500 or clicking the online scheduling button.



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