Your Dentist Shares 10 Reasons That Can Cause You to Have a Toothache

March 15, 2019

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a man with a toothacheGoing to the dentist can sometimes fall off the list of high priorities. You know going to the doctor is important to make sure your overall health has the green light, but what about the dentist? Don’t you want to make sure your teeth, gums, and oral health are in check? If you need a bit more convincing, here are six reasons you should schedule an appointment to see your dentist.


When the enamel of your teeth wears down, it can expose the dentin (the layer with your tooth’s nerve) and cause severe pain. No matter if the food or drink you consume is hot or cold, you’re likely to experience discomfort once the temperature hits the nerve. To strengthen your enamel, try using a toothpaste geared for sensitive teeth. Also, talk to your dentist about treatment options.


If tooth decay develops and worsens to a point that the root becomes infected, you’re likely to experience an abscess. Pain will often pulsate throughout the tooth as well as the rest of your mouth. Only your dentist will be able to determine which tooth is the culprit for the pain. If you don’t want to lose bone or tissue, you’ll get your dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth Decay

This is something that affects many Americans, and while it can be addressed in its early stages, if your tooth begins to hurt as a result, it’s because you’ve allowed it to get worse and penetrate the inner layer of your tooth. If the dentin in your tooth becomes damaged, you’ll experience sensitivity and most likely, a cavity.

Damaged Fillings

If damage occurs to a protective barrier such as a filling, you will need to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If the part of your tooth that the filling is covering is damaged, you can experience dull aches or sharp pains caused by temperature, food pieces, and bacteria. Your dentist will need to fix it immediately to prevent further damage.

Gum Disease

While this may sound more like a gum issue than a tooth-related issue, the redness and irritation of your gums can cause your teeth to hurt. If gum disease has advanced to the point that your bone and gums are inflamed, you can expect your tooth to start hurting, and you may need surgery to fix the problem and prevent further infection.

Cracked Tooth

If the pain from your chipped tooth is becoming more than you can handle, it’s because the chip or fracture has reached the nerve and is causing severe discomfort. While it may not happen at first, if the damaged tooth is left without proper treatment, it can cause damage to the tooth and its nerve endings.

Improper Brushing/Flossing

Are you brushing too hard? Are you pushing your floss up and down instead of gently moving it between your teeth? Improper brushing and flossing can cause damage to your teeth and gums, which is why using gentle pressure is all you need for an effective clean. Your dentist can discuss proper techniques with you.

Teeth Grinding

If your teeth, neck, jaw, and nearby muscles are hurting, it could be from teeth grinding or bruxism. This problem typically occurs at night or when you’re faced with a stressful situation. Your dentist may suggest a nightguard to prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When these third molars begin to make their presence known, it may not be because they’ve popped through the surface. Instead, it could be that they’re impacted and are unable to push through the gum line because of a lack of space. This painful feeling usually results in your dentist having to cut them out.


Everyone knows that braces and retainers aren’t the most comfortable things to wear. Because your teeth are shifting, it can cause some discomfort; however, if pain persists beyond a few days, call your dentist to see if you need an adjustment.

No matter the reason for your toothache, if you are in pain, call a dentist right away. It’s best to address the situation as early as possible instead of waiting for it to worsen. Don’t assume the pain will just go away. Let a professional look and determine the right solution.

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