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5 Common Reasons That Your Teeth Hurt – Martindale Dental

#1 – Worn Tooth Enamel

The enamel on your teeth is the main barrier to tooth damage and associated pain.  Enamel can wear from grinding teeth while sleeping, diets that are high in acidity or acid reflux disorders such as GERD.  Brushing with a toothpaste or rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help strengthen and protect tooth enamel.  There are also professional fluoride treatments available from your dentist.  Adjusting your diet can also contribute to enamel restoration.  Eating healthy fats, taking Vitamin D supplements and adding coconut oil to your diet can help to mineralize your teeth and protect your enamel.  If your enamel is too worn and is deemed beyond repair there are several restoration options available.  These include placing crowns over damaged teeth, gluing a veneer into place or in extreme cases, wearing a full or partial denture.  There are also dental sealants available that can help protect your teeth from further erosion for up to 10 years.

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#2 – Damaged Fillings

Dental fillings used to repair cavities do not come with a lifetime guarantee.  When a cavity is repaired, the affected area of a tooth is drilled out, creating a hole that leads inside the tooth enamel.  When a filling becomes damaged, this hole is exposed and can lead to serious pain and infection if not treated correctly.  Your dentist will remove the damaged filling and install a new one that seals the area completely.  Eating hard or sticky foods is often the cause of a damaged filling, so take care what you chew.

#3 – Temperature Sensitivity

This is one of the most common types of tooth pain and can range from mildly annoying to excruciating.  Luckily, this type of pain usually subsides once the temperature inside your mouth levels out.  Drinking a hot tea or eating cold ice cream are the types of activities that will trigger discomfort.  Using a sensitivity toothpaste or mouthwash will help, as will dental sealants that can take the place of worn tooth enamel.

#4 – Teeth Grinding

Known as a parafunctional habit, grinding your teeth puts extreme stress onto your teeth and will lead to premature wear of your tooth enamel.  The grinding action can also cause jaw soreness and jaw misalignment if left untreated.  Wearing a bite guard at night can alleviate most of the problems provided you are mindful not to grind your teeth when you are awake.

#5 – Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease describes an infection of the gum tissues that support your teeth.  A build-up of bacteria (plaque) along the gum line can cause your gums to recede and sensitive areas of your teeth to become exposed.  The plaque will also eventually cause an infection that can migrate to the root of your tooth and enter the dental pulp.  This can be difficult to repair and can cause quite severe pain in the process.

Patients who experience any of the above pain or discomfort should consult with their dental professional as soon as they can.  Dental pain is not something you should “just live with” because the damage is most likely increasing.  This will make repairs more difficult and will also make your dental bill skyrocket.  There is no need to be afraid!  Speak with your professional today and get on the road to having the healthy smile you deserve.  Check out our St. Catharines office at