Why do my teeth hurt?

My teeth hurt, why?

Toothache can range from a mild inconvenience, such as sensitivity when eating something hot or cold, to excessive pain that prevents you from doing anything. Toothache can be caused by several problems, however, most commonly the pain stems from dental hygiene issues.

Tooth decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure., a dental abscess, a loose or broken fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain. or damaged tooth are all principal suspects for toothache. They can all contribute to the infection spreading in the teeth and this can cause a great deal of pain. Tooth decay tends to develop when a patient has not properly brushed their teeth adequately and consumes a high amount of sugar. Equally, a toothache could arise due to a cracked or broken tooth. This may have happened in an injury or fall.  Leaving a cracked or broken tooth without repair can lead to bacteria growing inside, and this can cause pain and even tooth loss in the future.

To prevent toothache, you must have a rigorous and robust dental hygiene routine. This involves brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year. By doing this you can prevent tooth pain from occurring and reduces the chances of having serious problems in the future.

If you find yourself in a great deal of pain due to toothache, please book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so that they can look and advise you on possible solutions.

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