Posted on 12/25/2019 by Dr. Chapko
|Every person knows that feeling; a sudden toothache which may appear out of nowhere, then disappear only to reappear again. When we decide to ignore this pain, then the pain continues, eventually getting worse.
Why is the case you might ask? The human mouth is filled with different types of bacteria and other microscopic organisms which reside within the teeth, tongue, gums, and other areas.
While there are good bacteria which help to protect our gums and teeth, there are other harmful bacteria that converts the sugars in our mouths into acid. The acid created tend to eat away at the teeth, thereby creating cavities. While a cavity is undeniably the most common cause of toothache, there are several other causes of toothaches.
Infection Leads to ToothachesWhen left untreated, cavities allow different bacteria to find their way into the center of our teeth. The bacteria will eventually spread right into the root of our teeth as well as the underlying bone which supports the teeth. A tooth that's infected can often lead to shooting pains and severe throbbing, fever, and sensitivity.
Gum Disease Leads to ToothachesOur teeth are always covered with a sticky film. When not removed by regular flossing and brushing, it can lead to gum infections or gum disease. As the gum diseases progress, the disease will lead to erosion of jaw bone, thereby causing your teeth to weaken. The most common symptoms of gum infection include swelling, bleeding gums, and constant swelling.
Wisdom Teeth Often HurtWisdom teeth are those four back teeth that tend to appear between the age of 17 to the mid-'20s. There are instances when these teeth are blocked from growing properly or come in crooked, leading to pain.
When ignored, the conditions mentioned above may worsen, thereby causing swelling, pain, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Therefore, we highly advise you only to take over the counter medication while you wait to schedule an appointment with us.
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