You can’t look for a solution to a problem until you know the cause(s) of the problem. The same goes with dental pain. In general, if you’re experiencing dental pain, it has something to do with your teeth, gums or jaw. In other cases, something happening outside of the mouth may be the culprit.
If you’re dealing with dental pain
as a result of dental problems, you may be suffering from one or more of the following conditions:
- Cavities: These are among the most common culprits if you’re dealing with dental pain. Cavities occur when the plaque produces acids, and those acids eat away at your tooth enamel, causing a decay of the tooth.
- Gum Disease: While pain won’t typically come up in a generic case of gingivitis; red, swollen, and receding gums could possibly be a symptom of a more serious gum disease, thus causing dental pain.
- Tooth Abscess: This is a relatively severe tooth infection that inflicts pain when you bite down, as well as causes swelling near the affected area.
- Impacted tooth: An example of an impacted tooth would be a wisdom tooth that is causing pain in the gums and swelling.
As previously mentioned, you may be dealing with dental pain
as a result of issues outside of your mouth. Some possible causes are:
- Abrasion: A tooth abrasion, which is damage to the surface of the tooth, can caused dental pain. Tooth abrasions can happen by poking your tooth with a toothpick, brushing too hard, or scraping the teeth when inserting or removing oral equipment (such as dentures or a retainer).
- Referred Dental Pain: If you’re suffering from a sinus infection or cluster headaches, the pain from those may be referred to your mouth, causing dental pain.
- Drug Abuse: This applies particularly to methamphetamine, but alcohol and other drugs could also cause dental pain.
- Vitamin Deficiency: Dental pain can be caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12.
Lastly, dealing with dental pain caused by tooth sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods or drinks can be reduced by using dental hygiene products targeted at tooth sensitivity, such as specific toothpastes or mouthwashes.
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