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Toothache

Toothache refers to a pain associated with the teeth, gums or jaw. The pain could be mild or severe and caused by any number of dental conditions necessitating a trip to the dentist. Regular visits to the dentist minimise your chances of toothache as your dentist will be able to spot potential toothache causes and treat them before they do become a painful problem.

The most common cause of toothache is the development of dental cavities. These are holes that form when ever-present bacteria in the mouth create tissue-softening acids through the dissolution of sugars found in food. The acid burrows through the outer enamel and dentin layers of the tooth, reaching the soft nerve-filled tissue beneath. When further acids and bacteria come into contact with the nerves, toothache results.

Sensitive teeth, where there is pain from contact with hot, cold or sugary substances, is often caused by dental cavities too. However, should the sensitivity be located near the tooth-gum interface then it is possible that the sensitivity is being caused by exposure of the tooth root. Gum disease and even overactive teeth brushing can expose the tooth root, leading to toothache.

For more information on toothache or to find a dentist please use the resources on our site.

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