Posted July 6, 2016
When you drink something hot or cold, do you feel a zing in your teeth? One in eight people suffers from oversensitive teeth. They become sensitive when the enamel or gum tissue wears down and exposes the nerves. Here are seven reasons why your teeth hurt.
Cracked tooth –
When biting on a hard piece of candy, ice or popcorn kernel, it’s easy to crack a tooth. If this happens, the nerves inside the tooth are exposed. Then, when eating or drinking hot or cold items, you may feel a pain in the tooth.
Dental work –
After a cavity is repaired, the tooth may be sensitive to temperatures. You also may notice pain when chewing foods. If the problem persists for more than a few weeks, contact your dentist.
Teeth grinding –
Some people experience oral pain because they clench their jaw or grind their teeth while sleeping. The dentist may need to adjust your teeth to create a proper bite or prescribe a mouth guard to allow the jaw to relax.
Sinus infection –
The roots of your teeth develop close to the sinuses. When you develop a sinus infection, you may have tooth pain. It’s because the infection causes the sinuses to swell and put pressure against the roots.
Tooth trauma –
A blow to the mouth caused by an accident can create oral pain and sensitivity, especially when chewing. Signs of trauma can suddenly occur years after the initial incident. Consult your dentist for treatment.
Gum disease –
About half of American adults ages 30 and older have mild, moderate or severe gum disease (also known as periodontitis). The disease develops when oral bacteria develops tooth decay where your teeth meet your gums. Read this blog to find out how to prevent tooth decay.
For healthier teeth and gums, remember to brush twice daily, after breakfast and at bedtime, for two minutes each time. Review these toothbrushing tips for better oral health. And don’t forget to floss each day. Schedule dental checkups once or twice a year as directed by your dentist.
Brushing too hard –
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove food particles and bacteria on tooth surfaces. Place the brush against the teeth and gums, and use gentle, circular brushing motions. Avoid applying too much pressure, though, as this can wear down tooth enamel and hurt your gums.
Watch this video to learn more tips for good adult dental care.