What causes a toothache?

What causes a toothache?

Tooth pain can be caused by a number of factors, including tooth decay and gum infection.

If you have experienced pain in your teeth, you’ll know that it can be very uncomfortable. Toothache can be caused by a number of factors, but is often a sign of tooth damage caused by infection or inflammation. Read on to find out what characterises a toothache, and what some of the most common causes are…

What are the symptoms of toothache?

The most common symptom of a toothache is throbbing pain in the affected area. This often occurs as a result of tooth decay or an infection in the tooth or gums. Other symptoms of a toothache include:

  • A dull aching pain
  • Sharp pain when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Swollen gums
  • Fever
  • Pus in the mouth
  • Bad taste or smell in the mouth

What are the possible causes?

The most common cause of toothache is tooth decay. Tooth decay and cavities develop when bacteria wear through the enamel of the teeth. Tooth pain can also be caused by an abscess, which occurs when the pulp inside the tooth dies, causing bacteria and pus to accumulate. A tooth abscess is often caused by an infection or inflammation.

Tooth pain can also be caused by a fracture in the tooth. Fractures can occur as a result of accidents, hard knocks and falls, as well as by chewing on hard foods and objects. Tooth fractures can cause severe pain, especially if bacteria, food particles, water or air are allowed into the tooth through the crack and irritate the underlying pulp and nerves.

In some cases, a gum infection can cause tooth pain. Gum infections can occur as a result of poor oral hygiene, as well as genetic factors and certain health conditions and medications. In order to prevent gum disease, we recommend that you see your dentist for regular check-ups and that you brush and floss your teeth regularly.

Other possible causes of tooth pain include damaged fillings and loose crowns. If you experience any of these issues, it’s important that you see your dentist as soon as possible so that the problem can be resolved.

How can toothache be prevented?

As tooth decay is the most common cause of toothache, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits in order to maintain optimal oral health. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, and that you floss your teeth every day. It’s also very beneficial to your oral health to see your dentist on a regular basis. When you come in for a check-up, your dentist will identify any potential issues and also check that any fillings and crowns that you have are in good condition. Dental x-rays will also help to identify any decay, abscesses, cysts or bone loss.

How can we help?

At Access Dental, we offer a range of general dentistry services, including oral assessments, bad breath solutions and fluoride treatments. To find out what to expect at a check-up, please have a look here.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team offers top-of-the-line dentistry and loves to see each patient with a happy and healthy smile. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our three locations: Perth CBD, Bull Creek and East Perth.

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