Causes of Tooth Pain

Tooth pain is a common problem. Most adults will have at least one experience with tooth pain during their lifetime. By identifying the common causes of your pain, it is possible to find a solution and proper treatment process to address the discomfort.

Sensitivity to Temperatures

Tooth pain that occurs when eating hot or cold food and that fades quickly is not usually a sign of a problem. In many cases, the sensitivity stems from the way you brush your teeth, the hardness of the toothbrush, or small cavities. Using a soft-bristle toothbrush and brushing in an up-and-down motion, as well as using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth will often help. If you have concerns, then a dentist can check to ensure that the sensitivity does not stem from small cavities.

Pain When Biting Foods

Sharp pain that occurs when you bite down on food is often a sign of a cavity, loose filling, or a crack in your tooth. If you notice sharp pain, then you want to discuss the problem with our dental professionals. We can determine if the pain stems from a cracked tooth, a loose filling, or a new cavity. After identifying the underlying cause, we provide appropriate treatment to help with your pain.

Lingering Pain

Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods is a concern. It may suggest you have tooth trauma or severe decay on your tooth. If you notice that your pain lingers and does not fade, then talk to our dentist. We will identify the cause of the pain and provide appropriate treatment based on your needs.

Dull Aches

Dull aches and pressure in your jaws is not a sign of a serious problem with your teeth. In many cases, it means you are grinding your teeth when you sleep. It may also stem from sinus pressure. A dentist can determine the cause and recommend appropriate treatment.

The cause of tooth pain depends on the type of pain you experience and the situation. It may stem from cavities or cracked teeth. It may also relate to trauma or grinding your teeth. If you have tooth pain, then you want to discuss the discomfort with our dental professionals to identify the cause of your pain.

Why Regular Dental Checkups Are So Important

Keeping teeth and gums as healthy as possible results in an attractive smile, decreases the chances of the onset of periodontal disease, tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis as well as promotes whole-body health. Those with periodontal disease, for instance, not only experience significant tooth loss, but they’re also at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular conditions. Close attention to oral hygiene combined with regular dental checkups provide the best way to prevent or slow down these conditions. In most cases, dental checkups should be scheduled every six months.

What to Expect From a Dental Checkup

Most oral health care providers begin a routine checkup by asking if you’ve noticed any issues with your teeth or gums. They will then do a thorough inspection designed to identify cavities and other signs of tooth decay. They’ll also check for buildups of tartar and plaque on the surface of your teeth — these buildups are one of the primary culprits in the development of tooth decay.

After carefully checking your teeth, the dentist will then use a specially designed tool to examine your gums. This tool measures the spaces between your gums and teeth — the more space there is, the higher the likelihood that you’re in the initial stages of gum disease. The good news about gum disease is that it’s reversible when detected in the early stages. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a customized care plan if gum disease symptoms are present.

A comprehensive dental checkup also includes checking the tongue, neck, and throat for any abnormality.

The Importance of a Good Professional Teeth Cleaning

The last step in your biannual dental checkup is a good teeth cleaning. This is important because professional teeth cleaning removes an accumulated plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth. Keep in mind that although regular brushing at home helps keep plaque levels low, tartar cannot be removed with a regular toothbrush.

Please feel free to contact us for more information on being proactive about your dental health.