Not only is a toothache incredibly painful, but it can also create a lot of worry as to what could be causing the issue! If you’re experiencing dental pain, we strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment with TruBlu Dentistry straight away. We will help you to determine the cause, alleviate the pain, and restore your health.
When examining your teeth for the source of pain, there are a few potential causes that we may look into that you might not have considered:
Bruxism, another word for teeth grinding, can lead to any number of issues for your oral health. Surprisingly, this is not uncommon—in fact, 30-40 million people in the US grind their teeth. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep, particularly when dealing with chronic stress, a misaligned bite, a sleep disorder, or even taking certain medications. If you’ve ever been told your teeth are making grinding or squeaking sounds at night, or if you wake up with jaw pain or headaches, it is definitely possible you’re suffering from bruxism. If you think you’re suffering from this issue, it is important to schedule a dentist appointment straight away, as it can lead to more than just dental pain. You could also experience stress fractures or TMJ problems down the road. Luckily, your dentist at TruBlu Dentistry will be able to diagnose and treat the issue right away.
Many people believe that you need to brush very hard to remove plaque from your teeth. However, plaque is actually quite soft and easy to remove with even a soft-bristled brush. In fact, if you brush too hard, you might actually be doing more harm than good. Over-brushing can damage your dental enamel (the outermost layer of your tooth). This exposes the dentin layer of your tooth, which is filled with microscopic tubules that provide direct access to the root. This can cause pain and sensitivity, particularly when you’re eating hot and cold foods.>
3. Gum Disease
Do your gums bleed when you floss or brush? It is important to know that this is not simply because you’re pressing too hard. This is a sign of the earliest stage of gum disease: gingivitis. Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t notice the disease until it has progressed into something more serious. Therefore, if you are feeling pain in the gums, or they appear to be inflamed, be sure to contact TruBlu Dentistry right away to schedule an appointment. Luckily, there are many treatments that can remedy the issue before it becomes worse.
4. Tooth Decay
When you eat, the plaque on your teeth feed on the sugars in your food. They then secrete harmful acids which can ultimately wear down on your dental enamel. This is known as tooth decay. Tooth decay can start as pain and sensitivity— particularly to hot or cold temperatures— but can progress over time. If a tooth experiences severe decay, it may get to a point where it requires a root canal procedure. While dental enamel cannot be regrown, there are restorative measures that can be taken to fix the cavity so as to alleviate your pain and restore your health.
5. Sinus Infection
You may be surprised to find that dental pain may not even be a result of your teeth at all. In fact, it could be a sign of respiratory illness, sinusitis, or even the flu! Your systems are all intertwined, so pressure in the head can actually create pressure on your teeth and result in a toothache. Luckily, if this is the cause of your pain, these symptoms typically dissipate as your illness goes away.
You don’t have to endure dental pain. Contact TruBlu Dentistry today to schedule your check-up!