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Conditions that could be making your teeth ache

When you suffer from toothache, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a problem with your dental health. There are many conditions or reasons that can lead to you having aches and pains in your mouth and jaw.

However, if you have prolonged or severe toothache, it is very important that you seek medical attention from a dentist. They will be able to check over your teeth, gums and other soft tissues in your mouth for any problems that may be causing your discomfort.

Here’s a list of different conditions that can lead to aches and pains in your mouth or jaw:

Clenching while stressed

Modern life can be very stressful. Many people clench their jaw without even knowing when they are under stress, feel angry and even whilst concentrating. The extended pressure that’s applied to your jaw and teeth through clenching can lead to aching and even teeth loosening over time.

Grinding your teeth

Do you wake up in the morning with a dull ache in your jaw? This can be down to you grinding your teeth together during your sleep. As well as your jaw aching, teeth grinding can cause a lot of damage to your teeth. If you think you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep, ask your dentist about having a night guard made.

Overusing mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for keeping your breath fresher for longer but did you know that you should only use it twice per day at a maximum? Some mouthwashes contain a low amount of acid, which when overused can damage the enamel of the teeth. This can lead to your teeth feeling sensitive.

Intense exercise

Studies have been carried out on athletes which show that high intensity exercise can wear down your tooth enamel, meaning they are more likely to develop cavities. This could be down to the change in levels of saliva in the mouth.

Suffering with a cold

If you have a cold or flu, you could experience toothache because of the pressure in your sinuses. Your teeth are very close to your nasal passages and the nerves can be affected. Your toothache should ease with your cold.

Expecting a baby

During pregnancy, your oral health needs to be carefully monitored. Your hormone levels can effect your gums and it’s not uncommon for women to develop gum disease during their pregnancy. To monitor this, make sure you have regular dental check-ups with your dentist.

Nerve Damage

This condition is quite rare but can be very painful. A condition called trigeminal neuralgia is when you suffer from chronic pain to a nerve in your head. The pain can be brought on by brushing your teeth, eating, drinking and even yawning.

Unprofessional teeth whitening

If you whiten your teeth without the help of a professional dentist, you can suffer from pain and damage to your teeth. It’s common for you to suffer with extreme sensitivity as a result of unregulated chemicals being used. Your gums can also feel irritated and sore. Of course, this doesn’t occur if you choose professional teeth whitening treatments.

If you are suffering with prolonged discomfort, pain or aching in your mouth or jaw, it is very important that you book an appointment with your dentist. They can check for any dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

To book an appointment with Oak Mount Dental Practice, call us on 0161 445 1211 or click here to be taken to our online enquiry form.

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