Common Causes of Toothaches, Part II


As we mentioned, a toothache should never be a normal occurrence. If you are experiencing pain, this is your body telling you that your mouth needs attention. Toothaches can develop for many reasons, and the only way to determine the true cause of the discomfort is by visiting your dentist. One very common reason discussed earlier is because a crack has developed in the tooth. Another reason for tooth pain can be bruxism.



Bruxism is a condition where a patient is grinding and/or clenching their teeth. Many people will report this at times of high stress, some during periods of cold weather, and many people clench their teeth without knowing it! It is most commonly done in your sleep. If you think you might suffer from bruxism, it may be the reason why you also have toothaches and headaches or flat-out jaw pain, too!


Now with tooth pain related to grinding, the continued wearing away of the teeth not only leaves your teeth vulnerable to hot and cold but makes your teeth very hypersensitive. In addition, with continued bruxism the ligaments around the teeth have a tendency to swell, causing very sensitive teeth. Many people report pain after teeth whitening, and ironically it is not directly a result of the whitening process but a result of the bruxism and wear on their teeth making them extra-sensitive and as a result extra-susceptible to tooth pain. At Katy Trail Dental, we are passionate about preserving your enamel for a lifetime and making sure your teeth are pain-free. See your dentist to make sure you do not show signs or symptoms of teeth grinding.