There are many different kinds of pain. There is back pain. There is head pain. There is even emotional pain. But for many, there is nothing quite as disruptive as tooth pain.

Teeth have highly sensitive nerves. When those nerves are irritated, for any reason, the pain they cause can be severe. Tooth pain is one of the motivators that gets people to see a dentist, and for good reason. Most forms of tooth pain are preventable with good dental hygiene.

What if You Care For Your Teeth?

Poor dental hygiene is the likely cause of tooth pain. Tooth decay, gum infections, abscessed teeth – all of these are frequent causes of tooth pain in children and adults. They can also be treated by a dentist with fillings, root canals, and other dental treatments as needed.

But what if you do a good job caring for your teeth and you still have tooth pain? What if you brush, floss, and see Dr. Chen often but find that your teeth still hurt?

There are some causes of tooth pain not directly related to dental hygiene. It’s possible that the issue may be:

  • Tooth Grinding (Bruxism) – Bruxism is a condition where a person grinds their together. It can occur during the day, but also frequently occurs at night. Those that struggle with teeth grinding or clenching may develop tooth pain, and possible damage their teeth in the process.
  • Stress and Anxiety – Both stress and anxiety are a common cause of bruxism. But there is also some evidence that they can cause tooth pain on their own. Stress may put pressure on the teeth, gums, or jaw. It may also be caused by an oversensitivity to milder forms of tooth pain.
  • Broken Tooth/Lost Filling – It is possible that pain is the result of a broken tooth, lost filling, or some other type of damage. Although a good filling will last for years, some fillings and crowns can pop out, exposing the nerves. Teeth can also break when under stress, such as chewing hard food.
  • GERD (Acid Reflux) – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, can lead to acid-reflux induced erosion of the teeth. It is more common in the back teeth, which are closer to the throat. Chronic acid reflux may cause a loss of tooth structure.

If you have tooth pain, it is likely hygiene is involved. But there are other potential causes, many of which can still be diagnosed in the dental chair. Come see us at our office here in Folsom, and we’ll find out why your teeth may be hurting.