The Top 7 Causes Of Toothaches | Why Do I Have a Toothache?

Toothaches are an extremely underrated source of pain.

They can bring even the biggest, strongest people to their knees, begging for help.

Although it's hard to know the exact number, it's believed that apart from the common cold, tooth pain is the most common problem children and adults face.

There are several reasons you can have tooth pain.

Some of those reasons are within our control, and others are entirely out of our control.

We should do all we can to take care of our teeth, so we don't have to deal with any crippling pain coming from our teeth.

The first step to prevent tooth pain is to know what is causing it.


Article Table of Contents

  1. Gum Disease
  2. Abscessed Tooth
  3. Improper Brushing or Flossing
  4. Sensitive Teeth
  5. Wisdom Teeth
  6. Teeth Grinding
  7. Tooth Decay

Below we will look at seven common causes of tooth pain.


1. Gum Disease

Gum disease, which can also be gingivitis or periodontitis, is an infection of the gums that surround your teeth.

If left untreated, the infection eventually causes bone loss along with deterioration of the gums.

Your gums will become detached from your teeth, forming pockets that fill with more bacteria.

The roots of your teeth are then exposed to plaque becoming susceptible to decay and sensitive to cold and touch. 

2. Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is an infection inside of your tooth, known as the pulp chamber, that has reached the root of your tooth.

This usually results in an infected tooth, swollen gums, severe pain, and possible bone loss at the infection site.

Abscesses usually occur when a cavity reaches the pulp chamber, a dental treatment gets too close to the chamber, or when trauma to the tooth occurs.

Some symptoms of an abscess are gum swelling, redness of the gums, or pain in the tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see your dentist right away. 

3. Improper Brushing Or Flossing

This is one of the causes that is entirely within our control to fix.

Very often people don't pay attention to the pressure they use when they brush or floss.

Brushing and flossing become second nature, and unknowingly you can be applying way too much pressure on your teeth and gums.

This causes irritated, inflamed, and bleeding gums.

If extreme pressure is used on a regular basis, it can cause your gums to recede and make your teeth unstable, creating even more pain.

If you aren't sure if you're brushing and flossing correctly, ask your dentist about the proper techniques that you should be using. 

4. Sensitive Teeth

Sometimes your teeth are just sensitive.

You might notice that your teeth, or even one specific tooth, are sensitive to cold air, liquids, and foods.

If you have naturally sensitive teeth, your teeth have developed a sensitivity to cold temperatures.

There's nothing you did that caused it, it's just, unfortunately, the way your teeth are.

To help combat the sensitivity, your dentist may have you start brushing with a toothpaste designed especially for people with sensitive teeth.

If you experience sensitivity of any kind let your dentist know so he can figure out what is causing it, or if you're just naturally sensitive.

Your wisdom teeth can cause a considerable amount of pain 

5. Wisdom Teeth

If your pain is coming from the upper back and bottom molar area and you still have your wisdom teeth, there's a good chance your wisdom teeth are causing your pain.

This is the first sign that your wisdom teeth need to be removed.

If you wait too long to remove them, you will experience significant pain; pain that will usually sideline you until it is addressed.

Aside from the pain, if your wisdom teeth are ready to come out, you will notice a tender and possibly red area in the back of your mouth around your molars.

Don't think you can wait it out either. The pain will only continue to worsen, especially if the wisdom teeth grow misaligned or sideways.

Your wisdom teeth can also become impacted when trapped between your other teeth and your jaw bone.

Over time, this will cause extreme discomfort and potentially dangerous side effects.

If your wisdom teeth have become impacted, see your dentist right away.

6. Teeth Grinding

If you grind your teeth, your significant other or someone close to you has likely told you about it.

Most people grind their teeth at night, unknowingly to them, but it's very apparent to the people around them.

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is a common reason for tooth, jaw, neck, and related muscle pain.

If you don't grind your teeth while you sleep, you're likely to grind them during stressful situations.

Excessive teeth grinding involves violently clenching your jaw and grinding the top and bottom teeth back and forth against each other.

This grinding leads to sore jaw bones and joints, headaches, and even cracked or chipped teeth.

It would be best if you talked to your dentist about your bruxism so he can have a custom mouthguard made that you can wear while you sleep to relieve the stress caused by the grinding. 

7. Tooth Decay

Last and certainly not least is tooth decay.

Tooth decay is the number one reason people get toothaches.

Tooth decay is the erosion and cavity formation in the outer surface of your teeth.

When plaque sticks to your teeth, it feeds on the sugars and starches from food particles left in your mouth.

This produces an acid that eats away at your enamel, causing weak areas and holes to develop.

As the decay spreads toward the middle of your tooth, it will create symptoms such as sensitivity to temperature and touch.

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Do You Have A Toothache?

If you currently have a toothache, you are probably ready for some relief.

Luckily, the greater Cleveland area dentists at Hylan Dental Care can provide you with the relief you desperately need.

If you're in pain, you need to figure out what's causing the pain so it can be corrected as soon as possible.

The doctors at Hylan Dental Care will do just that.

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