What Your Toothaches Might Really Mean

ToothacheA toothache is usually the reason for your sudden eagerness to visit your dentist. While a large number of toothache cases is because of a cavity that is not always the case. If you have not had your regular check-up in years, you may have a bigger problem.

Here are some causes of toothaches you should know.

Sensitive Teeth

You have probably seen toothpaste advertisements for people with sensitive teeth. You could be a candidate for that. If you experience sharp pains when you eat or drink anything cold or hot, it could mean a cavity. It could also mean your gums are receding, exposing the nerves of your teeth. It could also mean the hard top layer of your teeth (enamel) is getting thin. Using a special toothpaste and soft toothbrush can help manage the pain. However, you still have to see your Bolton dentist to solve the underlying cause.

Cracked Teeth

If your toothache is very bad, especially when you bite on something, it could mean a crack in one of your teeth. If the pain is sharp and stabbing, that is the likely cause. If the pain in constant and throbbing, you could have an abscess or infection. You could also have an impacted tooth, which pushes against your other teeth. In any case, you will want to see your dentist immediately.

Not the Teeth

The funny thing with toothaches is when you have one your whole body seems to ache. If you have ever had one, you know this is true. Strangely enough, a toothache may not even be due to the teeth in some cases. You could have sinusitis, or you have a problem with your jaw. A good dentist will be able to identify the cause and solve the problem.

Toothaches are common, but they are not always a simple problem. This can be a symptom of serious problems. If you have a toothache or wish to avoid one, visit your dentist.