No Cavity - What's Causing My Toothache?

April 29, 2020

Toothaches can take you by surprise when you least expect it. You wake up one morning, and everything feels sore. Unfortunately, toothaches can creep up on you so that by the time you notice, it’s already too painful! The first and most common thought is to check for cavities. However, when you can spot a hole in the surface, you can find yourself wondering if you’re imagining the pain.
Thankfully, a quick search on Google can give you plenty of home remedies to cure the soreness. However, if you’re going to figure out the best way to manage your toothache, you need to understand what is causing it.  

The dying lament of a tooth pulp
Tooth death sounds like a scary phenomenon. In reality, it is relatively common and can be caused by a variety of factors. Severe tooth decay is linked to damage to the tooth structure, which can happen in a diet high in sugar. Decay typically causes cavities, but the dental plaque can also get to your tooth root through the gum. Additionally, tooth trauma, such as receiving a blow, can also affect the tooth pulp – aka the inside of the tooth. You should spot signs of inflammation around the area, such as swollen gums. When the tooth pulp is affected, you need treatment to save the tooth by removing the pulp. You can find out more about the procedure and the cost of a root canal by contacting a dental office. It’s a standard treatment that can save your damaged tooth. 

Stress makes you grind your teeth
Stress can cause toothache. Indeed, when you are going through a lot of pressures or chronic stress, your body can find it hard to relax at night. Stress can lead to grinding your teeth in your sleep, which can cause pain. Your dentist can provide helpful devices to reduce grinding habits at night. However, you will be more successful in engaging in stress-relief activities. Mindfulness and workouts can work wonders to find your inner peace. 

Your stomach is causing your troubles
Stomach acidy is a frequent complaint, especially after a large meal. Acid reflux is, unfortunately, a common occurrence under lockdown. Indeed, quarantine home cooks can become a little enthusiastic in the kitchen, meaning that families are likely to consume more food than they would otherwise. Additionally, your gut reacts to stress levels to create cramps and acidity. As such, you might struggle with gastric acid that can’t be neutralized before it reaches your teeth. The acid can lead to tooth erosion, which makes your teeth more sensitive. 

You’re a vigorous tooth-brusher
If you’re taking brushing your teeth seriously, you might be putting too much pressure on the brush. Using a hard toothbrush can damage the fragile surface of your teeth and create sensitive areas. Switching to a soft or medium toothbrush can help to reduce the issue. You can also look for a toothpaste that helps rebuild and protect the enamel. Beware, however; nothing can bring back broken enamel. However, a weakened surface can be strengthened effectively. 

Toothache can be the result of many things. When you can find any cavity, you need to start thinking outside the box. Your teeth are exposed to many threats, either from a bacterial nature or enamel-related pressure. Identifying the source of your problem is the quickest way to resolve your toothache!

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