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Sudden Toothache

Mystery Pain & Phantom Toothache

There’s only one good thing about a visibly damaged tooth: here, clearly, is where the pain’s coming from and where our response will be focused. But complaints of “tooth pain” without a clear source or origin—now, that’s something else entirely. Say you’ve been good with your hygiene, faithful in your checkups, and you wake up […]

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Nighttime Grinding

And the Stress Factor Dentists and researchers aren’t completely agreed about the cause of nightly tooth-grinding, or bruxism. But they are aligned on two points: at least partly, it’s related to daily stress, and it’s happening to more people. It may sound funny, but it’s no joke: without food to absorb the impact, teeth can […]

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The Perils of a Bad Bite

No, we’re not talking about being attacked by a junkyard dog. That’s perilous enough. The bite in question here is your own bite—the way your lower teeth and your upper teeth come together. A bad bite can be responsible for several woes you might not necessarily connect, like headaches, unsightly teeth and TMJ disorder. Let’s […]

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Bruxism, the Unknown Habit

It’s such a common habit, yet most of the time we never know we’re doing it. Not cracking your knuckles or biting fingernails, but intense clenching and grinding of your teeth—known in dental terminology as bruxism. The reason this phenomenon goes unnoticed so often is that “grinders” usually perform when they’re sleeping. Most research agrees […]

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Bad Oral Habits Explained

Tooth-related habits, too, can be conscious (brushing and flossing) or unconscious—chewing on pencils, for example. Dental habits become bad when teeth are expected to do things they’re not cut out for—opening bottles, chewing off the little plastic tags on new clothing, trimming nails, and so on. And bad dental habits can be downright dangerous. To […]

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Tongue-Thrusting

Train that Tongue Without therapy, the wrong oral habits, sooner or later, will cause tooth movement, breathing and speech problems You’d think swallowing is easy as falling off a log. But some of us need help retraining muscles that we’ve been using wrong all along. A “bad” swallow is just the luck of the draw, […]

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Man with Tooth Pain

What Causes a Toothache, Besides Cavities

“My tooth hurts. It must have a cavity.” Well, maybe it does. However, other conditions can cause a tooth to be sensitive to hot or cold foods, to the pressure of chewing… or to just plain ache. A few of these other toothache possibilities are: Shrinkage of the gum down below the top part of […]

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Woman with a Toothache

Listen to Your Teeth

An aching tooth’s a warning. Often it’s a cavity, but not always. Other Toothache Causes… After a filling, a tooth can sometimes be a bit sensitive. It’s a normal reaction that should soon correct it-self. In the morning, an aching tooth could be the result of grinding or tooth-clenching overnight. Not a cavity, but a […]

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Woman with Sensitive Teeth

Sense about Sensitivity

When teeth hurt, the sooner we reach the root of the problem, the sooner the pain disappears. What triggers tooth pain? Heat, cold, touch, air, sweet or sour foods. If you recently had a cavity filled, that area may be sensitive for awhile. Other causes of sensitivity are: Erosion of tooth enamel. Gum shrinkage down […]

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