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Five Reasons Your Tooth Aches

Updated on October 11, 2015

Toothaches are horrific and downright unbearable. As a kid, a toothache typically meant it was time to rid yourself of that pesky baby tooth. As an adult, a toothache can be a sign of a variety of issues or have any number of causes at the root.

Here are five potential reasons our teeth sometimes ache.


Sinus Pain

Look out if you are a sufferer of chronic sinus pain. Chronic sinus pain can result in tooth pain that typically surfaces in the molar region of your mouth and may increase if you dare to bend over with a chronic sinusitis episode.

Ultimately, it is the pressure associated with the inflammation of the sinuses that results in the toothache pain. As this pressure builds within the sinus cavities, the teeth are pushed outward causing one to experience biting pain. Sinus infections often arise at the start of the common cold.

Cardiac Pain

Cardiac pain can travel to the tooth, resulting in tooth pain. Those who experience this type of pain might complain of burning or tightness. Treatment is not to remove the tooth but ideally, to consult with a cardiologist if one is able to rule out tooth decay or abscesses.



Migraines (without the aura) or cluster headaches can cause pain that mimics a toothache. Migraine headaches will typically result in causing a throbbing pain while cluster headaches will translate into an intense, lingering pain in the molar region lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to upwards of 3 hours.

High Blood Pressure and Tooth Pain

Did you know that high blood pressure can sometimes result in tooth pain? Well, actually, it is not so uncommon for the medication used to treat the tooth pain to cause this pain. Specifically, medication known as calcium channel blockers may lead to gum overgrowth and swelling leading some people to experience pain -specifically while chewing.

Problems with Your Teeth

Other causes of a toothache may include some of the usual suspects and others that might not have come to mind:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth abscess
  • Periodontitis
  • Cancer Metastasis

In summary, there are many conditions that might lead to a toothache. Make sure you consider your risk factors for each of these should you ever experience a toothache event and contact the appropriate provider.


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      Stefanie 2 years ago

      Having toothaches is really painful!

      BTW, i am new here.. i have followed you. i hope you will follow me back too :)