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Factors that Can Increase the Risk of Toothache

Toothaches can include mild discomfort to excruciating pain and can be caused by various factors. Understanding what contributes to toothaches can help you take important initial steps to prevent them. Here are some common factors that can increase the risk of a toothache.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can irritate the gums and cause tooth decay. Without proper oral hygiene, cavities can form, exposing the sensitive inner layers of the tooth and leading to toothaches.

Dental Decay

Cavities are a common cause of toothaches. When bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars from food and beverages, they produce acids that erode teeth enamel, causing decay. If left untreated, cavities can progress deeper into the tooth, reaching the sensitive nerve tissue and resulting in pain.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and tissues that support the teeth. As gum disease advances, it can cause gum recession, bone loss, and tooth mobility, which can heighten the risk of toothaches and even cause tooth loss without prompt treatment.

Dental Trauma

Accidents, injuries, or trauma to the mouth can cause tooth fractures, cracks, or dislodgement, resulting in immediate or delayed toothaches. It’s essential to seek prompt dental care if you experience dental trauma to prevent further complications.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Grinding or clenching your teeth, especially during sleep, can exert excessive pressure on the teeth and jaw, leading to tooth sensitivity, pain, and muscle soreness. Wearing a custom nightguard can help protect your teeth and alleviate bruxism-related toothaches.

Dental Abscess

Dental abscess is caused by  bacterial infection that forms a pocket of pus either within the tooth (periapical abscess) or around the tooth root (periodontal abscess). Abscesses can be accompanied by severe toothache, swelling, fever, and pus discharge and require immediate dental attention to prevent complications.

At Culver City Premium Dental Care, we prioritize preventive care to help our patients maintain healthy smiles and avoid toothaches. Contact us today to schedule a dental checkup and address any concerns about tooth pain or discomfort.

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