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What's Causing My Pain and Sensitivity?

Tooth aches typically show up as sensitivity to temperatures, sweets or chewing, but may also present as throbbing, aching or sharp stabbing pains. Some tooth aches are quite mild and can go on for years while others are debilitating and must be addressed immediately.

Luckily, there are many different ways to treat pain and sensitivity and address its underlying causes.

What Causes Tooth Aches

Tooth pain and sensitivity can be caused by a few different things. One common cause is tooth decay. This happens when bacteria in your mouth make acids that attack your tooth enamel. Over time, this can cause a hole in your tooth, called a cavity. Cavities can be really painful, especially if they get big.

Another cause of tooth pain and sensitivity is gum disease. This happens when bacteria in your mouth irritate and inflame your gums. As the disease gets worse, your gums can start to pull away from your teeth. This can expose the roots of your teeth, which can be very sensitive to hot, cold, and sweet things.

Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by things like grinding your teeth at night, using a toothbrush that's too hard, or even just getting older. As we age, our tooth enamel can get thinner and weaker, which can make our teeth more sensitive.

Did you know?

Tooth sensitivity is more common in women than in men.


Because tooth pain can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem, like an infection or abscess, it's best to get a dental checkup to see what's really going on.


Get a dental exam to make sure there isn't a deeper issue

If you're experiencing pain or sensitivity, it's important to determine the cause. Tooth pain and sensitivity can be caused by a variety of conditions such as cavities, gum disease, tooth injury, or a broken filling. Without a proper exam, the condition may worsen and lead to more serious and potentially costly problems. A dental exam can also help prevent future dental issues by identifying and treating any potential problems early.

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Use over-the-counter dental products for sensitive teeth

Over-the-counter dental care products such as toothpastes contain ingredients that help to soothe and desensitize tooth nerves, which reduces sensitivity. Other ingredients that may be included are fluoride, which helps to strengthen the tooth enamel, and a mild abrasive to remove plaque and surface stains that can worsen sensitivity. During your hygiene visit, we can recommend professional-grade products for you.

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If you have tooth pain or sensitivity, we can help by getting to the root of the problem, and advise you on how to prevent it from happening again. Make an appointment today to get out of pain!