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Seven Reasons Your Tooth Aches

Updated on May 20, 2019
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Mahogany Speaks is a nurse with more than 20 yrs of exp. in healthcare & 10+ yrs in Blogging. She has a Master's Degree in Healthcare Mgmt.


Toothaches are horrific and downright unbearable. More than 90 percent of adults suffer from some degree of tooth decay that may eventually lead to a throbbing or steady pain around the site of your tooth.

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 seven 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.

Cardiac Pain

Cardiac pain can travel to the tooth, resulting in an inexplicable aching sensation. People commonly report pain that has a burning yet tight or pulling sensation. Treatment is not to remove the tooth but ideally, to consult with a cardiologist if your dentist is able to rule out tooth decay or abscesses.


Migraine Headaches and Toothaches

Migraines (without the aura) or cluster headaches can cause pain that mimics a toothache. This condition is debilitating and thanks to its intense nature and capacity to create discomfort in varying regions of the head, difficult to manage.

What to Expect: 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 your hypertension to cause this pain. Specifically, a medication known as calcium channel blockers may lead to gum overgrowth and swelling leading some people to experience pain -specifically while chewing.

Tooth Abscess

Another cause of toothaches is the emergence of a tooth abscess. A tooth abscess happens as the result of an infection that compromises your tooth. A pocket of pus accumulates around the root of the infected tooth eventually causing significant pain. Sounds gnarly --right? If you fail to treat the grotesque abscess, the infection may spread to other parts of your body.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay may occur as a result of foods and drinks have the opportunity to adhere to your teeth. Your mouth is a reservoir of bacteria that enables the conversion of this food, acid, and saliva to create plaque on your teeth which over time manages to generate holes or cavities. If you are someone who enjoys their sweets or carb-laden foods, your risk for developing cavities is higher than that of someone who purposefully avoids these foods.


Finally, the occurrence of periodontitis can prove detrimental to the stability of our teeth. Periodontitis can cause our teeth to loosen and cause us a bit of pain. This condition is a gum infection that harms the soft tissue of our gums then damages the bone holding our teeth. It has the power to leave our gums appearing swollen, red or even purple in color and prone to bleeding. Other symptoms include bad breath, noticeable spaces between our teeth and difficulty with chewing.

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 your dentist or primary physician as soon as possible.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      4 years ago

      Having toothaches is really painful!

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


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