If we were to ask you to list the causes of tooth pain, you would probably mention some pretty common answers.
We imagine you would talk about cavities and tooth decay caused by fizzy sodas and troublesome foods. And you might mention broken fillings, abscesses, and bacterial infections as possible other causes too.
However, there are other reasons for tooth pain, some of which might even surprise you.
So, if you would like to know more, keep reading. And if you are experiencing pain at the moment, don’t delay, book an appointment with your local dental services, no matter the cause of your terrible toothache.
#1: Opening or breaking things with your teeth
Can’t be bothered to find a pair of scissors? Fine, open that bag or break the plastic on that price tag with your teeth. But if you do take this option, it’s important to understand that you could cause damage to your teeth. When you use your pearly whites to open or break things, you can crack your tooth enamel and even cause yourself a jaw injury. Both issues can lead to tooth pain. The answer? Well, it’s obvious really. Find your scissors!
#2: Brushing your teeth
Here’s an odd one! Surely brushing your teeth is a good thing, right? Well, yes it is, but not if you overbrush. If you brush more than the recommended 3 times a day, you run the risk of damaging your tooth enamel. You can also damage the enamel on your teeth by using a toothbrush with hard bristles or by brushing too vigorously. When enamel is removed, your teeth become more sensitive, which is why you will experience pain. Your teeth also become more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.
#3: Dry mouth
The causes of dry mouth are wide and many, including dehydration, smoking, and taking certain medications. Symptoms include a dry feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, and trouble tasting foods. Your doctor or dentist will advise you if you have dry mouth but the question you might be asking is this: Why does it cause tooth pain?
Well, if your mouth isn’t stimulating enough saliva, you will become more prone to tooth decay. This is because saliva helps to rinse away any food particles that are stuck between your teeth and around your tongue and gums. Without it, gum disease is also a problem, so it’s important to seek advice before you experience any dental issues.
Exercise is good for you, so we aren’t advising against this. However, it’s important to know that it can also cause tooth pain. How so? Well, going back to the last point, exercise can sometimes cause dry mouth. This is because athletes often breathe through the mouth and this dries up the saliva flow. People who exercise also drink a lot of energy drinks, many of which contain high doses of sugar. Tooth decay is the obvious inevitably of this. And as blood flow increases, some athletes also exacerbate inflammation in the mouth and that can cause their teeth to hurt when they run.
The answer isn’t to stop exercising but if you have experienced such issues, learn how to breathe through your nose when active, drink water in place of energy drinks, and see your dentist if you have any kind of mouth pain.
Take care and thanks for reading!