Below are a few of the common reasons for your tooth pain:
- Tooth Decay – Tooth decay is perhaps the number one cause of tooth pain. Whether it’s a small dental cavity or a more advanced stage of decay, any time the enamel is penetrated, pain will occur. This is because the sensitive nerve endings of the tooth lie just underneath the enamel.
- Bruxism – Bruxism (which is the grinding or clenching of the teeth) can cause tooth pain. This is because the teeth are worn down by the excessive force placed on them. In addition, bruxism can also cause jaw pain, and chipped or cracked teeth. Read about mouth guards for dental protection.
- Tooth Abscess – If tooth decay or cavities go untreated for long enough, the decay may eventually find its way into the tooth root. Once this happens, an infection will occur, causing quite a bit of throbbing pain. This is why tooth pain needs to be addressed immediately before it’s allowed to get worse.
- Gum Disease – Gum disease doesn’t just cause pain in the gums, but in the teeth as well. This is because, as gum disease advances, the swelling of the gum tissue can begin to damage the bones of the teeth and jaw, causing weakening and pain.
- Cracked Tooth Syndrome – Hidden cracks or fractures in the teeth can cause tooth pain in a tooth that seems otherwise healthy. This condition is called ‘cracked tooth syndrome’ and can be a result of bruxism, an improper bite, or traumatic injury to the tooth.
The best way to keep dental problems at bay is by maintaining good oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day (for two minutes at a time), with an ADA approved, and fluoridated toothpaste. In addition, you should also floss daily, use an antibacterial mouthwash, and receive a dental cleaning and exam every 6 months.
If your child is suffering from tooth pain, please contact Discovery Kids Pediatric Dentistry today. The sooner we can treat the problem, the better! Our child’s dental office is located in Frisco, TX.
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