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Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Why Do My Teeth Hurt?
Tooth pain is common among a lot of people, and the pain can range from slight sensitivity to severe aching and throbbing. There can be many reasons why this may occur. 


Tooth sensitivity is the most common pain among people and usually one that most try to ignore, or simply shrug off.  If you have experienced or felt uncomfortable from a sharp pain or twinge when you eat or drink any hot or cold food and drink, then you may suffer from tooth sensitivity.


As well as Tooth Sensitivity, another main contributor to Tooth pain is Tooth Decay, Tooth Decay left untreated can result in Cavities. This is caused by the sugar in the foods and drinks we consume, reacting with the plaque on our teeth, which create acids, which in turn soften and dissolve our enamel (soft part of the inside of our teeth) and create a hole in your tooth – known as a cavity. The Pain you experience from a cavity tends to be a dull ache that may be brought on when eating or biting down on something.  If you suffer from any ongoing tooth pain, you should always consult your Dentist, but regular check-ups are a great way to maintain healthy, clean and pain free teeth. This is also important, as pain symptoms from tooth decay may not present until it is at quite an advanced stage.


Besides tooth sensitivity and Tooth Decay, some other reasons you may experience Tooth pain may be:
  • Cracked Teeth – May cause discomfort and sensitivity in your tooth if dentine in your tooth is exposed
  • Infected Tooth – Intense pain, dull aching and throbbing as well as sensitivity, maybe a sign of an infected tooth
  • Dental Treatment – Some Treatments may leave you with sensitivity or soreness for a short period after treatment


The best way to prevent any tooth pain, is to implement and practice a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly. You should brush twice daily using Flouride, as well as flossing and rinsing daily.  Avoiding or minimising high sugar diets will also aid in preventing tooth pain. Get to know your own mouth – regularly thoroughly checking your mouth, this way you will be able to see any changes at an early stage, and get these changes seen by a dentist. Look for any changes including spots, cuts, lesions or swelling on your gums, tongue, cheeks, inside of your lips and the floor and roof of your mouth. Looking at your teeth for early signs of chipping or cracking, discoloration or looseness. If signs of changes present at any stage, consult with your Dentist as soon as possible. Regular visits to your Dentist are the best way to maintain Healthy Oral Hygiene. As well as cleaning and check-ups, they can assist with planning and implementing an Oral Hygiene strategy that suits your Dental needs and requirements to further prevent Future ongoing pain. 


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