WHY DO MY TEETH HURT?
There are lots of reasons your teeth might hurt, but one of the most common is tooth sensitivity pain. If you’ve ever winced after an unwelcome twinge of sharp pain when you eat or drink something cold or hot, sweet or sour, this could be one of the symptoms of tooth sensitivity.
To find out what’s causing your tooth pain you should visit your dentist for a check-up and ask about tooth sensitivity. Your dentist will be able to identify the cause of your tooth sensitivity symptoms and rule out any of the other causes of tooth pain such as tooth decay, infection, disease or injury.
Here you can find out about the reasons why your teeth might hurt and learn about sensitive teeth symptoms.
DO I HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH?
If you feel a short, sharp twinge of pain when you eat or drink something cold, hot, sweet or sour, or if it’s painful when you brush your teeth, then you could have sensitive teeth, but there are other reasons why your teeth might hurt. You can take our Online Check Up to learn about the symptoms of sensitive teeth. If you are experiencing tooth pain you should visit your dentist to find out what’s causing it and to discuss whether your symptoms could mean you have sensitive teeth.
DO I HAVE A CAVITY OR SENSITIVE TEETH?
Cavities are the result of tooth decay, and the pain they cause can feel like tooth sensitivity – but they are different. Tooth decay happens when the sugars in food and drink react with plaque (a sticky, colourless film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth)¹ to produce acids. These acids can gradually soften and dissolve your enamel and dentine (the soft substance inside your tooth) creating a hole in the tooth – known as a cavity.
The pain from a cavity tends to be a dull ache that may be triggered by eating or biting down on something and may resemble sensitivity pain, which is often caused by cold or hot food and drink.²
If your teeth hurt you should always consult your dentist, but regular check ups are the best way to take good care of your teeth all the time. This is particularly important as you may not feel any pain from tooth decay until it’s quite advanced. Your dentist will be able to tell if you have a cavity or sensitive teeth and offer appropriate treatment and advice for both.
The best way to prevent sensitivity and tooth decay is to brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, like Sensodyne Rapid Relief, which is clinically proven to relieve sensitivity pain in just 60 seconds³ and contains fluoride to prevent cavities.
OTHER REASONS YOUR TEETH MAY HURT
Besides sensitivity and tooth decay there are other reasons your teeth may hurt. But, remember, if you’re experiencing tooth pain, you should visit your dentist to find out what’s causing it and get the right treatment.
- Dental treatment – You may feel sensitivity for a while after dental treatments, if this pain doesn’t go away you should speak to your dentist.
- Tooth Whitening – You may experience tooth sensitivity after whitening treatments, which may be temporary. If tooth sensitivity persists get professional advice.
- Tooth Infection – The soft pulp inside the tooth can become infected which can be very painful, causing intense throbbing pain and tooth sensitivity. Speak to your dentist immediately as the infection can spread.⁴
- Cracked tooth pain – A cracked or chipped tooth can cause pain if the dentine inside your tooth becomes exposed. If you experience tooth pain you should visit your dentist to get professional advice on treatment.⁵
The best way to prevent tooth pain is to follow a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly. You should brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. The Sensodyne range contains daily toothpastes, with fluoride, to meet different needs as well as toothbrushes and mouthwashes to complete your oral hygiene routine.
¹Cavity or Sensitive Teeth: What’s The Difference? | Sensodyne. 2018. Cavity or Sensitive Teeth: What’s The Difference? | Sensodyne. [ONLINE] Available at: https://us.sensodyne.com/news/cavity-or-sensitive-teeth/. [Accessed 09 March 2018].
²WebMD. 2018. Tooth Pain: Common Causes and Treatment. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/why-teeth-hurt#1. [Accessed 09 March 2018].
³With topical applciation in each sesnitive area before brushing
⁴NHS.UK. 2018. Dental Abscess - NHS.UK. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Dental-abscess/. [Accessed 09 March 2018].
⁵WebMD. 2018. Tooth Pain: Common Causes and Treatment. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/why-teeth-hurt#1. [Accessed 09 March 2018].