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Causes Of Toothaches

If you are suddenly dealing with a toothache, then you may automatically assume that it means you have a cavity. However, this isn't always the case, and there are actually a lot of other reasons why you can be experiencing toothaches that have nothing to do with cavities. You can learn about some of the reasons you may be experiencing a toothache that have nothing to do with cavities by reading this article.

Brushing your teeth too hard or with a hard bristle toothbrush – You may not realize that brushing your teeth with too much force or constantly using a toothbrush with hard bristles can cause your teeth to hurt. There is an outer layer of enamel on your teeth that acts as their protective covering. These hard motions will scrape off some of that enamel, and this can cause tooth sensitivity and even pain. Use soft-bristled toothbrushes from now on, and use gentle motions to decrease the amount of discomfort you experience. Leave the deep teeth cleaning to the professionals.

Flossing too aggressively – If you floss too far up or too roughly and the floss aggravates your gums, then it can cause you to feel as if you have a toothache. Look at your gums in the mirror, and if you see they are red and/or inflamed right where you flossed too roughly, then you want to back off on flossing long enough for your gums to heal.

Clenching or grinding your teeth – If you clench your teeth throughout the day or you grind your teeth at night when you are sleeping, then you may find that you have a toothache during the daytime. This is caused by the amount of stress you are putting on your teeth and gums when you press down during the clenching and/or grinding. If you feel you may have an issue in this area, go to your dentist because they can help you by fitting you with a mouth appliance that can prevent you from doing these things, so you don't have those pains and so you avoid damage to your teeth.

An injury in your tooth – If you have injured your tooth in a way that has broken, fractured, or loosened it, then this can also cause you to experience a toothache. Not only can these injuries cause you to deal with pain, but they also leave you open to developing cavities in the affected teeth, as well as other problems. For example, that loose tooth can eventually fall out if you don't have it taken care of by a dentist.