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Three Common Causes of Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can come from a wide variety of causes, some being serious and others being almost silly. We have all had those moments where we overzealously chomped into a handful of chips or popcorn only to find that a part of our snacks has lodged itself into our gums. This pain should pass quickly, but if you don’t have proper oral hygiene, that little puncture wound in your gums can quickly become infected and become a much bigger issue. With so many options of where your tooth pain could be coming from, it can be very difficult for you to treat and diagnose the issue yourself. If you are experiencing tooth pain or have any questions about how you can improve your dental health, come into Fenton Family Dentistry today. Here are three possible reasons you might be feeling tooth pain or discomfort.

Gum Irritation

One of the most common reasons for dental pain is caused by food or foreign objects hitting or getting stuck in your gums. Some of the most common causes of this pain are toothpicks, crunchy snacks, and objects lightly colliding with your mouth. This irritation will usually go away on its own within a few hours to a few days. As long as the pain you experience is not intense and does not continue to go on for more than a day or two, you should not be alarmed by this irritation. Try to avoid any food that could inflame this irritation, and make sure that you call our office if your pain goes on for more than a few days.

Tooth Decay

Another common reason for tooth pain is general tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria gets into your tooth through a crack in the surface or a wearing down of the protective coating around your tooth. Once decay has set into your tooth, it can spread rapidly and even get down to your jawbone if you let it go on for long enough. The best way to combat tooth decay is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. You can also change your diet, as processed sugars and fats can actively eat away at your teeth.

Tooth Fracture

Quite possibly one of the easiest causes to notice is a tooth fracture or a break in one of your teeth. If one of your teeth has cracked or broken off, the missing area will leave a large hole for bacteria to get in. This bacteria will quickly invade the interior of your tooth and cause serious pain. The center of your tooth is also made up of sensitive nerve tissue that can be extremely painful if left exposed. Make sure that you have a crown or implant affixed as soon as possible in order to avoid any unnecessary pain and damage.

If you are experiencing any tooth pain or want to find a dentist that works for your whole family, come into Fenton Family Dentistry today. Our expert team will make sure that your teeth not only look great but are as healthy as possible. Schedule your appointment today!