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The Top 10 Reasons for Tooth Pain

8th May 2019, 11:34am EST

Tooth pain is a common dental problem that can range from a mild pain to a constant throbbing pain. Tooth pain can have many different causes, and the pain you feel from a toothache is a warning that something is not right and that you should see a dentist. Take a look at the top ten reasons for tooth pain:

Tooth Decay and Cavities

Cavities form when bacteria start feeding on food particles trapped in your mouth. The bacteria eventually produce an acid that brake down the tooth’s enamel and expose the sensitive inside of the tooth, which can cause toothaches.

Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease can cause pain in both teeth and gums.

Enamel Decay

Enamel decay can cause tooth pain and can occur on teeth that are exposed to gastric acids or acids from food or drink.

Fractured Teeth

Teeth can weaken over time from chewing and grinding, exposing nerves in the tooth which cause pain. Teeth can also fracture from sports accidents or other accidents such as falls.


An abscess is a small sac filled with pus that is caused by an infection. Abscesses can form at the base of a tooth or in between a tooth and the gum.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding is a bad habit that can cause high pressure and stress on the teeth, which can cause severe tooth pain.

Misaligned Teeth

Pressure and stress is not evenly distributed amongst teeth that are misaligned. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause tooth pain because they push against other teeth as they try to break through the gum.

Periodontal Disease

This disease is caused by infection in plaque buildups. The infection causes inflammation and pain and can spread through the tooth root.

Loose or Damaged Fillings

Fillings that come loose or are damaged can expose sensitive parts of the tooth, which can lead to a toothache.

Sinus Pain

Pain from a sinus congestion can radiate into the mouth and feel like a toothache.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, visit your dentist right away to prevent the problem from becoming worse.

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