What Are Common Causes of Toothaches?
Bacteria in your mouth feed on food and sugar, which produces tooth enamel-attacking acid. Over time, these acid attacks on your teeth will lead to tooth decay. And, you guessed it, that tooth decay can cause painful toothaches.
If you're experiencing extended throbbing, you may have an infection or an abscess (buildup of pus caused by a bacterial infection) in your tooth or gums.
- Gum Disease
According to the Journal of Dental Research, nearly half of adults over 30 in the US ( 47.1 percent to be exact) have some form of gum disease. Left untreated, the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) can develop into periodontitis. Both forms can cause toothaches, while the latter can cause your teeth to loosen or even fall out.
Pressure from teeth grinding, chewing or biting hard foods, and a hard impact from injury are all causes for tooth fractures that can result in toothaches.
- Loose or Broken Filling
If you're feeling sensitivity in an area where you previously had a filling, the filling may be loose or broken.
According to MedlinePlus, things unrelated to oral care and hygiene, like earaches, sinus pressure, and heart attacks, can cause toothaches, too. However, by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dental professional for regular checkups, most toothache causes can be avoided.