Tooth pain is one of the worst kinds of pain, and can stem from a number of factors, some of which are mentioned below.
- DENTAL CAVITIES OR CARIES:
Dental cavities and caries are the most common cause of tooth pain. Due to cavities or holes in the outermost layer of the dentin and teeth, also known as the enamel, the pulp becomes vulnerable to food items that are cold or hot, sweet or sour, and bacterial toxins, resulting in sensitivity and tooth pain.
- GUM DISEASE:
Also known as gingivitis, gum disease is another common contributor to tooth pain. It is typified by inflammation of the soft tissues or gingiva of the gums, and a loss of bone at the foundation of the teeth. Triggered by plaque, toxins, saliva and a permutation of food particles exuding bacteria that gather and settle along the gum line over time, gum disease can result in pain, bleeding and inflammation of the gums.
Tooth pain can also be a result of the teeth root becoming sensitive to stimuli. Being a sensitive part of the tooth, tooth root lies buried in the bone adjoining the tooth. Toxins secreted by bacteria gradually consume the bone, resulting in the gum line and bones to recede which in turn makes the tooth root vulnerable to pain causing stimulus.
- CRACKED OR FRACTURED TOOTH:
A cracked or fractured tooth makes biting and chewing harder, and may cause pangs of sharp pain.
- TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS:
This disorder is related to jaw orientation which may result in severe aching due to muscle spasm when chewing.
To prevent tooth pain in the first place, proper oral hygiene is a must coupled with regular visits to the dentist.