Why Do My Teeth Hurt? – Causes, Symptoms and How To Prevent Tooth Ache.

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Question: Why Do My Teeth hurt?

Answer: Most often than not, we ask ourselves a particular question whenever we have a toothache of any kind. The question is, “why do my teeth hurt”. Though it is an easily answerable question, in reality it is not so. Basically, pain is a kind of a protective response that generally ranges from a minor form of sensitivity to a severe degree of pain and in such a way lets the body know that something is wrong.

Likewise, a tooth hurts due to the reaction of the nerves inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. The severity of the pain depends on the stimulus.

Anyone, who has at some point of time suffered from this pain, will know that toothache can be one of the worst pains ever imaginable. It can be that bad. It not only starts at late night but also might spoil your holiday or vacation through incessant throbbing.


It is very important to know the symptoms of toothache. A toothache may be very sharp with constant or periodic throbbing. In many cases, the patient feels the pain only when pressure is applied on the affected tooth. The following are the symptoms:

•    Cold and hot sensitivity
•    Swelling takes place around the tooth or the jaw area
•    Pain while chewing
•    Blood oozes out from or around the affected area


Now let us discuss the causes of such unbearable pains. In majority of the cases, a toothache occurs due to the following reasons:

•    Infected gums
•    Fracture in the tooth
•    Tooth decay
•    A filling which may have become damaged
•    Abscessed tooth
•    Constant and repetitive motion such as grinding of the teeth or chewing different kinds of gums

Preventive Measures

The following few remedies reduce and prevent tooth pain:

•    Remedy with clove oil:

This is one of the finest natural remedy. If one finds a visible cavity, he or she can himself clean out the cavity using a toothpick covered in sterile cotton. If few drops of clove oil is added to the cotton and is packed into the cavity, the person instantly gets relief from the tooth pain.

•    Floss and rinse:

Flossing the affected tooth reduces the chances of having a toothache by the food particles caught in between the teeth. After this flossing, a mixture of lukewarm water and peroxide must be used for rinsing the mouth properly.

•    Over-the-counter form of remedies:

It is always safe to keep these over-the-counter remedies handy at one’s place because one never knows when teeth pain may arise. Extra-strength Anbesol stops the pain quickly. In addition, other kinds of drugs and medications are available for reducing the pain and providing relief.

•    Hot and cold remedy:

For some people, heat reduces the tooth pain, and for some, cold reduces the tooth pain. A bag of frozen vegetable or a pack of ice may be kept on the affected side of one’s mouth, and if this does not reduce the pain, it can be tried by using some form of heat with the help of hot water bottle or hot washcloth.

Thus, one can take these preventive measures before they consult a doctor.

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  1. Kendall @ ToothacheReliefHelp.com June 5, 2013 9:03 am Reply

    I can vouch that the clove oil trick really works. Having said that, I still think the best cure is prevention. By just spending a few minutes brushing your teeth after each meal, you wouldn't have to worry much about tooth pain anymore.

  2. Cosmetic Dentist Carmel IN June 13, 2013 1:01 pm Reply

    Great, very helpful, informative post. Tooth decay causes cavities, which later become deeper when left untreated and cause severe pain. Therefore, it is highly recommended that the patients should seek treatment from dentist.

  3. Whitey October 19, 2013 5:57 am Reply

    Thank you for the helpful information and advice. Just would like to add that a little crushed garlic and salt on the aching tooth can work wonders as well. Give it a try!

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