Do you ever develop a toothache and wonder, “why do my teeth hurt?” Nearly all of us suffer from an aching tooth at some point in our lives, especially since the holiday season consists of so many sugary drinks and foods. However, there are steps you can take to help protect your smile from tooth pain.

Frequently Asked Questions About Why Your Teeth Hurt

Question: Can consuming too much sugar make my teeth hurt?

Answer: Yes. Bacteria break down sugar particles. The process not only leads to an increase in oral acidity, but also coats the teeth in a layer of plaque. The enamel weakens, leading to tooth sensitivity and toothaches as bacteria reach the more sensitive layers of inner tooth structure.

Question: How do I avoid a toothache?

Answer: We recommend cutting back on foods and drinks that contain a high amount of sugar and other starches. You can drink water and enjoy fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt, nuts, or fresh vegetables as a snack. You also need to brush and floss your teeth daily and see the dentist about once every six months for a dental cleaning. A cleaning is actually the only way to completely remove plaque buildup from the teeth, which reduces the risk of both tooth decay and gum disease.

Question: What are some other potential causes of teeth pain?

Answer: You can also experience discomfort if a tooth becomes chipped or cracked. In addition, bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) can wear down enamel and lead to tooth pain. A dental infection as a result of an untreated cavity can lead to aches as well. We always urge patients to see a dentist as soon as discomfort develops; otherwise the risk of losing the tooth completely increases.

Question: Do I need to avoid sugary foods/drinks completely?

Answer: We believe moderation is key. By limiting your intake and also practicing good oral hygiene you can still enjoy the occasional sweet treat without endangering your overall oral health. If you have any questions about why your teeth hurt or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then contact our office today.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.