Protecting Your Kids’ Dental Health at Every Age
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We’ve all been there. You wake up one morning and find that your molar is aching. Or you pull your floss from your mouth and rub your aching gums. Or, you experience a growing pain in your canine that’s been getting worse for months.
No matter the cause of your tooth pain, you deserve relief – and figuring out the cause is the first step.
Of course, you’re not on your own when dealing with dental discomfort. Dr. Baudean and our team are here to help you get to the root of the problem. But if you’re unsure as to why your tooth is aching and whether the pain is serious, learning more about potential causes will help educate you as to your options.
We’ve put together a quick tooth pain primer below. If your aches fall into one of the more serious categories, be sure to schedule an exam before the dental problem worsens. Just get in touch online or give us a call!
When you’re stressed, your body reacts. Mental distress doesn’t just stay in your brain – there will be a physical component as your body attempts to release the anxiety. For countless individuals, this means clenching and grinding the teeth.
The way each person’s stress manifests is unique. But bruxism is a widespread problem that affects people of all ages. This is because we tend to hold tension in our jaws, and this is expressed without our control. If you notice yourself holding your jaw tight when you’re focused or uncomfortable, you’re likely grinding your teeth at night and not noticing.
If you grind your teeth long-term, you can experience jaw disorders, eroding enamel, gum recession and daily discomfort.
Ever bite into a popsicle and wince in pain? Or sipped a cup of coffee and noticed a sharp twinge at your tooth root as the hot liquid washed over it? You likely have worn enamel that is not adequately protecting your teeth.
Enamel can erode for a variety of reasons, ranging from over consumption of acidic drinks like soda to grinding your teeth regularly. This leads to discomfort when your teeth are exposed to stimuli like hot and cold. You may also develop dental anxiety from discomfort during dental exams or fillings.
Small cavities usually don’t cause pain because they’re located in the outer layer (enamel) of your teeth. But if a cavity is not filled and is able to progress, it can begin causing discomfort as it moves deeper into the tooth. If you notice pain emanating from a single tooth and growing worse over time, the problem is likely a cavity.
An abscessed tooth can take hold if a cavity has become serious and infected the tooth’s pulp. This can lead to serious problems including tooth loss and bone loss.
If you have recently suffered a blow to the mouth or the jaw, you are likely experiencing oral pain.
We aim to have our dental work last as long as possible. But restorations aren’t impervious to harm. Over time, fillings, veneers, composite bonding and crowns all become worn and may chip or crack. This can lead to soft tissue injuries from sharp edges, or decay forming in the unprotected areas within the broken dental work.
Your sinuses are located above your upper jaw. When you have significant congestion, the sinuses can press against the upper teeth.