5 Reasons Your Teeth Hurt (And What To Do About It)

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It’s easy to brush off tooth or mouth pain you may be experiencing…until the issue develops into something more serious. Often times if you have mouth pain it is an early sign of a deeper issue, which is why it’s important to get to the root of the problem. Waiting for the problem to get unbearable before addressing it only leads to more pain, wasted time and unnecessary expenses. Here are five common tooth pains you should have your dentist or oral surgeon check out:


1.Cold Sensitivity

If you feel an achy pain in your teeth after taking a sip of cold water, biting into ice cream, or walking outside in cold weather it can mean one of two things: either you need to switch to toothpaste for sensitive teeth or you have a broken filling, cavity, or worse. If you are experiencing the aching pain throughout your mouth, it is an indication of gum disease. Either way, it’s a good idea to make an appointment to get it looked at by a professional.

2.  Sore Gums

Generally, when you have gum sensitivity, it is due to trapped food particles that are causing gum inflammation and irritation. However, tender gums can also indicate the early stages of gum disease. It’s better to be safe than sorry, get it checked out immediately.

3.  Achy Jaw

An achy jaw can be caused by grinding your teeth at night or by clenching your teeth during the day. Both of these issues can cause major dental complications if they are not addressed. During the day, try to relax and be aware of your mouth to prevent clenching your teeth. An oral surgeon will be able to tell the difference between a minor problem and a more serious issue such as TMJ.

4.  Bite Sensitivity

If you are experiencing soreness when chewing or biting, to the point that you’re adjusting how you eat to avoid the pain, there is a problem. You may have a cracked or abscessed tooth – an infection in the root of your tooth – or you could have nerve or tissue damage. Do not put off visiting a dental professional to make an appointment as soon as possible.

5.  Persistent Toothache

If you have a toothache for over a day or two, then you need to visit your dentist. Tooth pain is an indication of an infection and, if not treated early, it can spread to different parts of your body.  When life gets busy, it’s easy to label a minor pain as something to be dealt with later. Making time to have the problem checked out now you’re avoiding having to make an emergency appointment later.

If you are suffering from any of the tooth pains mentioned above, call Dr. Elias and Dr. Paonessa at Mamaroneck Oral Surgery to schedule an appointment, 914-873-0045.

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