Why Does My Tooth Hurt?

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I brush my teeth every day. Why do I have a toothache?

Regular oral care is the best way to protect your teeth and gums and to avoid the pain of a toothache, but there are other factors that can contribute to that pain in your mouth.

The most likely cause of a toothache is a cavity, but other issues could be in play:
• An abscessed tooth (Infection of the gums or at the root of the tooth)
• Chipped or broken tooth
• Fillings that are damaged or missing
• Grinding or aggressive chewing

A stabbing pain is most likely the result of a cavity or a cracked tooth; a throbbing pain could indicate an infection that should be treated as soon as possible.

Sensitive teeth caused by receding gums or thinning tooth enamel could also be a cause of pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods. Until you are able to see your dentist to have your pain diagnosed and treated, you should be aware of some things to avoid, which can make your toothache worse. These include cold and sweet drinks and foods, and biting down or otherwise putting pressure on the tooth. Premier Dentistry recommends the use a soft toothbrush, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Toothaches are not always severe and may come and go, making you think that it’s not worth it to see your dentist. But that tooth is not going to get better on its own. The longer you wait to see a dentist, the worse the cavity or infection will become, possibly making the treatment more complex and affecting your overall health.

Premier Dentistry reminds our patients to not forget, the best care is preventive care. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes; floss once a day to remove plaque between your teeth and on your gums, and see your dentist twice a year for cleaning and routine check-ups. To find out more about our contact us today!