Common Causes of Toothaches

Have you ever experienced a toothache? Do you know what could be causing it? Common causes of toothaches include tooth decay, gum disease, a cracked tooth, and infection. Alliance Dental Care is here to help you identify and address the underlying causes of your toothache.


Cavities are one of the most common causes of toothaches, and they are caused by bacteria in the mouth that produce acids which eat away at the tooth enamel. The acids cause holes in the enamel, which can lead to intense pain when the nerves in the tooth are exposed. Cavities can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing twice a day and avoiding sugary foods and drinks. If you already have a cavity, the best way to manage the pain is to visit a dentist for treatment. Unfortunately, if you’re experiencing a severe toothache and can’t get in to see the dentist right away, How to Manage Pain While Waiting for an Emergency Dentist can provide some relief. Over-the-counter painkillers can also be taken to help reduce the pain.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common cause of toothaches. It is caused by bacteria in the mouth that attack the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, and bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and can even increase the risk of other medical conditions such as stroke and diabetes.

If you think you may have gum disease, it’s important to seek treatment from a qualified emergency dentist as soon as possible. Emergency Dentistry can help diagnose the problem and provide the appropriate treatment to reduce pain and prevent further damage.

Jaw Joint Dysfunction

Jaw joint dysfunction, also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, is a common cause of toothaches. This disorder is caused by a misalignment of the jaw joint, which can lead to pain in the jaw, neck, and face, as well as headaches and earaches. Treatment for jaw joint dysfunction includes physical therapy, relaxation exercises, and sometimes surgery. If you are experiencing toothache, it is important to consult a dentist to determine if jaw joint dysfunction is the cause.

Sinus Infection

A sinus infection can cause toothaches, especially in the upper teeth. The sinus cavities are located close to the roots of the upper teeth, and when they become infected or inflamed, it can cause pain in the teeth. Sinus infections can be caused by allergies, colds, or the flu, and can be treated with antibiotics or other medications.

Tooth Injury

Tooth injuries are one of the most common causes of toothaches. Tooth injuries can be caused by a variety of sources – anything from a blow to the face to biting down too hard on something. If you experience a toothache after an injury, it is best to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to receive a root canal, crown, or other dental treatment to restore the tooth and alleviate the pain.


If you have any questions or concerns about toothaches, contact us at Alliance Dental Care at 208-556-7228 or read our reviews on Google Maps.


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