So What Is A Toothache?
Seems like a straightforward answer doesn’t it?, but it’s one of those things where until you actually experience it firsthand for yourself nobody on the planet can ever explain it to you, no description is apt enough to detail the pain of a toothache until you yourself feels the intense shock of electricity permeate your tooth for the first time or the throbbing wave of pain that radiates from your jawbone that won’t let up and for some reason seems to throb in time with your heartbeat.
A toothache can make your life a complete misery and it can bring grown men to their knees and until you do something about it it’s nearly impossible to get on with your life. Eating and sleeping are difficult and so your health as a result deteriorates, not to mention the symptoms of the toothache itself could be an indication of more serious problems such as infection. The different types of toothache pain can also be an indicator of different problems which we will cover soon.
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Technically a toothache is the pain in the tooth or teeth and around the jaw. It can be as described above as acute pain which is the intense, electrical jolt that takes you completely unawares or the more chronic throbbing that tends to linger.
What Causes A Toothache?
There could be several factors at play where the pain of the tooth itself is merely a manifestation of some other underlying issue. You don’t appreciate it at this moment but your teeth are your body’s warning system that something is wrong.
This can range from something as simple as hypersensitivity in teeth which cause them to react strongly to hot or cold liquids but with hypersensitivity it can even cause teeth to react strongly to cold drafts or excess dampness or moisture in the air.
Over 40 million adults in the US alone (it’s estimated that this proportion applies to the general population) suffer from tooth sensitivity due in part to the poor diet of our day.
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If you find your teeth becoming increasing reactive to hot and cold liquids and foods then it’s a good chance you have sensitive or hypersensitive teeth.
This can also be an after effect of the tooth whitening process as the chemical bleach preparation applied to the teeth is acidic and weakens the protective tooth enamel layer increasing the risk of tooth decay and demineralization.
This is why so many people feel that their teeth became noticeably more sensitive and brittle after whitening.
Most off the shelf brand tooth whiteners, particularly those contained in toothpaste don’t actually whiten the teeth but actually irritate the gums making them a darker red. This gives the illusion of the teeth being whiter when in actual fact they are not.
For tooth sensitivity there are recommended toothpaste brands which can combat the symptoms of hypersensitivity while avoiding things like ice cream and hot drinks is recommended.
This type of toothache is usually caused from excess wear on the teeth which can be accelerated by a condition known as “Bruxism”, unconscious tooth grinding. Most people don’t even know they have Bruxism as it tends to occur when the person is asleep.
This constant grinding can wear the teeth down which leaves little separation between the dentine and the pulp. Once the dentine is exposed the pulp transmits messages of pain to the nerve hence the reason why dental cavities and cracked, injured teeth exposed to air and microbes are painful and sensitive.