4 Surprising Causes Of A Toothache

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It doesn’t matter how diligent you are about your home oral care routine or how often you visit the dentist, you will likely experience a toothache in your life. While most often the cause of this oral discomfort is a cavity, there are a few more surprising offenders that may be causing you pain.

Cracked or Abscessed Tooth

If you are experiencing a sharp, stabbing pain every time you bite down, you may have a cracked tooth. However, if you are feeling a constant, throbbing pain, it may be an abscessed or infected tooth. If this is the case, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible.


Sensitive Teeth

If you only feel pain when your teeth are exposed to heat to cold, you may just have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is often caused by the thinning of the enamel or a receding gum line.


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Your teeth may not even be the root of your discomfort. If you feel pain only in your upper teeth on both sides of your mouth, a sinus infection may be the culprit. This type of toothache comes with nasal congestion and tender sinuses.


Temporomandibular Disorders 

What you experience as a toothache may actually be jaw pain. This sort of pain may be caused by a jaw injury, grinding your teeth, arthritis, or cancer. Your jaw pain can also be caused by impacted molars if you still have your wisdom teeth.


Though your toothache may not be severe yet, it is best to visit your dentist before it becomes a more serious issue. The cause of your pain can only be diagnosed by a professional.

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