What Causes Toothaches?

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Toothaches can be one of the most painful things an adult can suffer from, so imagine how bad they can be for your children. Keep reading to learn more about what actually causes a toothache to see if you may be able to prevent them from happening in the first place.


Toothaches are most commonly caused by tooth decay, but there are also other reasons including:


  • Gum Disease
  • Infections
  • Tooth Trauma
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Abnormal Bites
  • Tooth Eruptions


You or your child may also experience pain that resembles a toothache which can be caused by sinus or ear infections, tension in the facial muscles, or TMJ/TMD. These will commonly be accompanied by a headache.

Toothaches can also be caused by cavities or advanced gum disease. You may notice pain when you eat something very cold, very hot, or sweet, which can be the first sign of decay.

The #1 cause of toothaches is tooth decay. By the time your teeth start to hurt, there is already significant decay and the inner layer of the tooth called the dentin becomes damaged. This area is very sensitive which can lead to some pretty severe pain.

Tooth abscesses can also be very painful and occur when tooth decay is advanced to the point that it affects the root. This can cause widespread pain and panic. Gum disease is another culprit that causes tooth decay and results in a dull pain in the mouth and sometimes pain in specific teeth.

If you or your kids are experiencing toothaches, they should not be ignored. The sooner you treat the cause of the pain, the sooner that pain will go away. Tribeca Dental Studio in New York City specializes in both adult and children’s dentistry. We also provide emergency dental services when the pain is simply too strong to wait. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 347-508-6412.