Reasons Your Teeth May Hurt That Don't Involve Cavities
Posted on 8/30/2019 by Thomas Wold, DMD
When your tooth aches, it can be aggravating and somewhat debilitating. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing this pain – many of which aren't even related to cavities. This is why you need to try your best to pinpoint where the pain is coming from.
What Causes Tooth Pain Besides Cavities
One of the main causes of tooth pain besides cavities is brushing your teeth too hard. When this happens, you can cause your gums to recede. While you want to have pearly white teeth, too much pressure or a hard-bristled toothbrush won't do this. It'll only cause you more problems and pain.
Many people suffer from periodontal (a.k.a. gum) disease.
Even if you don't get this disease, you can still have your gums become infected because bacteria or germs have entered them. If your body can't fight these things off, you may develop pain and swelling.
It's also possible for you to have a tooth trauma without realizing it. In fact, you may even be able to live with this for several years before you start feeling the pain. Even if you didn't have an accident you could have still chewed on some food in the wrong way.
If you have a severe sinus infection, it's also possible that you'll feel some pain in your teeth. This is quite common during allergy and flu season because your teeth are located right next to your sinuses so any pressure on your sinuses can possibly mirror tooth pain. In this case, you'll need to see your doctor to possibly get a prescription antibiotic to take.
There are so many different things that could be causing your teeth to hurt. When this happens, you'll want to call and schedule an appointment with our office so you don't live with tooth pain. We look forward to helping you feel better soon.