5 More Causes of Tooth Pain
In our last post, we discussed some of the most common causes of tooth pain. Today we’ll look at a few more common causes. Toothaches are one of the most common dental issues we see here at Prescott Dentistry. When you come in for a routine cleaning or exam, it’s important to let us know if you’re experiencing any pain, sensitivity or discomfort, so we can determine the exact cause. In some cases, there can be a serious underlying issue so it is crucial to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.
1. Enamel Loss
The enamel is the outermost layer that protects your teeth from decay. The enamel is made up mostly of minerals, primarily hydroxyapatite (calcium phosphate). It is the hardest, most mineralized substance in the body.
Enamel loss, or erosion, is often caused by acids in our food and beverages. Other causes of enamel loss include acid reflux, bulimia, chronic dry-mouth, teeth grinding, genetics, and certain medications like antihistamines and aspirin. Loss of enamel can lead to sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down.
2. Gum disease/recession
Gum disease (also known as gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease as it progresses) affects almost half of American adults, many of whom aren’t aware that they have the condition. Sensitive teeth and gums can be a sign of worsening gum disease and can be very serious if left untreated. It can lead to tooth loss, bone damage, and to even more serious systemic infections in the body.
Gum recession also occurs naturally as we age, resulting in the gums pulling away from the teeth. This leaves the roots of your teeth exposed and can be the cause of tooth sensitivity or pain.
3. Grinding or clenching jaws
Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaws can lead to chronic tooth sensitivity, as it wears away the enamel. Stress can cause you to grind or clench your jaws while you sleep without even realizing it.
4. Teeth whitening products
Whitening strips, bleaching gels, or in-office teeth-whitening procedures can cause painful tooth sensitivity. Pain or sensitivity caused by whitening is generally temporary and should go away once you stop using the products.
5. Sinus infection
Believe it or not, sinus infections can actually cause toothaches, especially in the upper teeth because they are closest to the sinuses. The pressure and inflammation in your sinuses may compress the nerve endings of your teeth, causing pain.
Give us a Call
Our Prescott Dentistry staff will give you the best care possible, with the goal of helping you treat the underlying cause of your tooth pain. Along with practicing good oral hygiene, which includes brushing, flossing, and cleaning your tongue, regular dental visits to our office can go a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums healthy. And remember, we also offer holistic preventative care options that can protect and strengthen your teeth and gums to prevent tooth pain in the first place.