Common Causes of a Toothache
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Common Causes of a Toothache

Young woman with tooth painAlmost everyone who has teeth will experience a toothache at some point. For some, tooth pain can be unbearable and are notorious for coming on very suddenly and being difficult to get rid of. It’s important that you know the reason for your tooth pain so that you can visit the proper oral healthcare professional for treatment. A toothache will almost never go away on its own and can be an indication of something more serious.

Common Reasons for a Toothache

Below are a few common reasons why you may be experiencing tooth pain:

  • Dental Cavity – The most obvious cause of a toothache is a dental cavity. In the earliest stages of a cavity, you may not feel pain, but as the cavity deepens, it may begin to cause discomfort. Regularly visiting your dentist can allow you to catch a cavity before it begins to hurt.
  • Bruxism – Bruxism is the term used for the nighttime grinding and clenching of the teeth, usually due to stress. As the teeth grind against one another, the enamel can wear down, exposing the nerves in the teeth and causing pain and sensitivity. Wearing a night guard to bed can minimize the damage caused by bruxism.
  • Gum Recession – If you brush your teeth and gum tissue too vigorously, you may be damaging your gum tissue. As the gums begin to recede, the roots of the teeth may become exposed, causing pain and sensitivity. Brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

There are a number of reasons why your tooth may be hurting. The best way to avoid dental disease and tooth pain is to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your general dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and an exam. That last part is necessary even when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment!

To make an appointment here at Lockett Orthodontics, please contact our Colorado Springs, Colorado orthodontics office today. Our orthodontist offers braces to the areas of Colorado Springs like Northgate, Briargate, and Falcon North.

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