Top 5 Causes of a Toothache

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If you have ever suffered from a tooth ache you would know there is nothing worse than one! You will also realize how you completely underestimated how it would feel! It can radiate all the way up to your ears and your temples or even down your jaw and neck depending on which side of the jaw is affected. Sometimes it is so difficult to localize the pain and patients will confuse the pain for something else other than a tooth ache.


The top 5 causes of a toothache are:

  1. Wisdom tooth pain
  2. Tooth decay or pulpitis
  3. Gum disease
  4. Incorrect dental filling
  5. Sensitivity

Toothache is a very common complaint and may sometimes be associated with pain radiating to the cheek, jaw, ear and head. Common symptoms include a sharp or throbbing pain in the tooth. There may be extreme sensitivity to pressure and to hot or cold stimuli. The pain may be instantaneous or may persist for longer than 15 seconds after the stimulus is removed. As the area of inflammation increases, the pain becomes more severe.

Some of the common symptoms are:

  • Pain with chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Bleeding or pus discharging the tooth or gums
  • Swelling around a tooth or swelling of your jaw
  • Injury or trauma to the area

Tooth Decay or Pulpitis.

Tooth decay due to caries or trauma to the tooth will cause pulpal inflammation or pulpitis. This results in extreme sensitivity to cold and sweet flavors with short and sharp pinching pain. Prompt treatment in the form of a filling or restoration will protect the pulp turning chronic from an acute phase.

If left untreated the pulpitis will become irreversible. Once the dental pulp dies due to ischemia or a lack of oxygen supply, the infection may spread through the apex of the tooth into the surrounding bone and periodontal membrane, initiating periodontal inflammation and eventually a dental abscess causing spontaneous long lasting pain and pain on biting on the tooth. This pain is Typically descrived as spontaneous aching or throbbing which lasts hours, sometime days. There is Associated swelling in the jaw, limited jaw opening or lymphadenopathy indicating an acute spreading infection. 

Wisdom Tooth Pain and Pericoronitis

Usually during eruption of a wisdom tooth, the surrounding mucosa and supporting structures of the teeth tend to become inflamed causing immense pain. This is also the most common cause for the removal of third molar teeth (wisdom teeth). The pain may be constant or intermittent, but is often evoked when biting down with opposing upper teeth. This triggers pain in the inflamed mucosa and gingivae surrounding the partially erupted tooth. In the case of an impacted tooth food tends to become trapped under the gingival flap during chewing and causes more inflammation. Ideally in this situation it is advised to get the tooth extracted.

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

Any stimuli such as drinking hot or cold fluids and/or air can cause sensitivity in a tooth that has exposed dentin or cementum. This is seen in patients with gingival recession, recent scaling, or tooth wear due to a high acid diet or gastric reflux. However, with caries, fractured fillings and cracked cusps, the pain tends to be specific to the affected tooth. The root surface of the tooth comprises of a thin layer of cementum overlying dentine which may be exposed from excessive and/or incorrect tooth brushing also called abrasion.

Gum Disease.

Gum disease can cause swollen, inflamed, red, bleeding and very painful gums. the most common cause of gum disease is lack of or incorrect maintenance of oral hygiene

Incorrect or Damaged Restorations

Dental fillings are meant to cover deep pits, fractures or grooves in order to protect vulnerable parts of the tooth. If they chip off or become damaged, the sensitive parts of teeth are exposed to extreme temperatures, food particles and bacteria. This results in pain which ranges from an ache to a sharp and piercing sensation. 

Good Oral Health Care Regime:

  • Understand your own oral health needs
  • Brush twice a day everyday
  • Invest in a good quality natural toothpaste, one that is non-toxic and suits your particular needs
  • Invest 5 minutes of your day in flossing
  • Use fluoride
  • See your dentist every 6 months
  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink water instead of sugary/carbonated drinks
  • Limit snacking
  • Examine yourself weekly and do not wait for a tooth ache to visit your dentist

SprinJene Natural Toothpaste

There are many commercially available dental products that can help with preventing plaque from building up and keeping your mouth bacteria free. This is the first line of defense against dental disease, therefore it is very important that you carefully select the right brand of toothpaste.
What if there was one brand of toothpaste that was exceptionally reliable and could cater to all of your Dental needs. One that is made entirely from Natural ingredients and is free from harmful chemicals. It can be used by adults and children alike.


SprinJene Natural Toothpaste takes pride in its patented black seed and zinc formulation which makes it unique and different from all other toothpastes. This 100% Natural toothpaste is made up of a fabulous mix of ingredients which have immense benefits including being: 

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-plaque
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • As well as having wound healing properties.

 All of these properties along with being chemical free and having no side effects makes SprinJene Natural Toothpaste an ideal choice for you and your family.

Together, these ingredients may help to:

• Provide relief from dry mouth
• Help to control the growth of tartar
• Deliver long-lasting oral freshness
• Fight gingivitis (gum disease)
• Reduce gum inflammation 

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