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Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Do you experience pain when you eat something sweet? What about when something hot or cold brushes over them? We can help you find a way to eliminate your tooth pain!

A wide variety of factors can contribute to tooth pain. Many routine habits can slowly cause sensitivity over time. To implement the best solution, try to identify the cause of the issue. Consider the following list of common contributors:

  • Age – As your teeth become more and more worn, sensitivity increases. Sensitivity usually starts between the ages of 25 and 30.
  • Rigorous brushing – Brushing your teeth, in general, is a great way to take care of your teeth. But if you brush too hard or use a toothbrush with stiff bristles, your enamel will wear down faster.
  • Too much mouth wash – Some mouth washes contain high levels of acid, a solution that’s harmful to your teeth with repeated use.
  • Teeth whitening regimens – Some over-the-counter teeth whitening products are very harsh on your teeth and contribute to sensitivity.
  • Acidic foods – Foods like lemons, oranges, tomatoes, and pickles wear down your enamel.
  • Tooth decay – If you’ve allowed plaque to build up, especially along your gum line, your teeth will become more sensitive as the decay spreads.
  • Teeth grinding – You may not even notice that you grind or clench your teeth at night! Stress often causes one or both of these habits.
  • Tooth damage – If you’ve cracked or chipped your tooth, not surprisingly it’ll be more sensitive than normal.
  • Gum disease – Swollen or irritated gums pull away from the teeth and leave them more exposed.

If you believe that one or more of these cause applies to your condition, you’re one step closer to solving the problem. Below is a list of easy ways to help eliminate your tooth pain:

  • Brush and floss regularly. Maintaining healthy teeth is always a good place to start.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your chances of brushing too hard will decrease.
  • Buy toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth. A gentle formula will minimize enamel erosion.
  • Avoid acidic foods. And if you choose to eat an acidic food, brush your teeth as quickly as possible.
  • Use a mouth guard. If you suspect that you grind or clench your teeth at night, wear a mouth guard that’s fitted to your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist. If the issue persists, your dentist can help you find a more permanent solution.

Jaw clicking or popping within itself may not be a sign of a problem. However, it it is accompanied by other signs such as jaw pain, tenderness, aching around your ears, or locking of the jaw, it may could be a sign of a TMJ disorder. If you experience any of these signs you should visit your dentist so they can determine if you have TMJ disorder though an exam, and determine the best course of treatment.

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Non-TMJ Related Causes

  • Jaw Injury, such as a strong blow on the jaw can sometimes result in jaw clicking or popping.
  • Malocclusion, which is a misalignment on the teeth, can also cause clicking or popping of the jaw. Most of the time, this can be corrected by a dentists.
  • Poorly Fitting Dentures can result in a malocclusion and cause jaw clicking or popping.
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can cause stress on the jaw and surrounding muscles, which can result in jaw problems and jaw clicking or popping.

When to See Your Dentist

These are just some of the most common causes of jaw clicking or popping, however, there are various causes and they can all potentially contribute to more serious problems if left untreated. If you experience clicking of the jaw, especially if accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain or tenderness, please consult with your dentist.

At Royal Dental we care about your oral health and overall well-being. If you are having issues with jaw clicking and popping or pain, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to evaluate your situation and provide you with information and treatment options when indicated.

dental health in houston tx | Royal Dental Great dental health starts at home. And we want to make your routine as easy as possible. All it takes is a three minutes in the morning, five minutes at night, and a few healthy decisions throughout the day.

Be sure to incorporate your whole family into the plan. Your kids can follow your example and form lifelong dental hygiene habits. Avoiding dental issues in the future is the ultimate goal. Plus, your teeth will look and feel fantastic!

Follow these eight tips for healthy, strong, beautiful teeth:

  1. Brush your teeth – Twice each day is highly recommended. For two to three minutes, brush every tooth surface, including the roof of your mouth and tongue. This is the absolute best way to take care of your teeth!
  2. Floss your teeth – Flossing can clean where brushing cannot reach. Plaque can build up and cause cavities between your teeth. That’s why flossing is also incredibly important.
  3. Stock new toothbrushes – A toothbrush only brushes effectively for up to three months. Keep a few new toothbrushes around the house to replace the old ones as soon as you notice that the bristles are too frayed.
  4. Use mouth wash – Swishing some mouth wash is more than just refreshing. The formula in mouth wash kills bacteria that lingers after brushing and flossing. And the minty flavor can be delicious!
  5. Stop smoking – Try not to start in the first place! But if you’ve already become addicted, work on implementing a plan to quit. Smoking can cause superficial damage, such as staining your teeth, or much more serious health issues, such as oral cancer.
  6. Eat healthy food – Chicken, yogurt, cheese, and peanuts are great for your teeth! Keep them stocked in your refrigerator and pantry for easy access.
  7. Avoid sugar – Sugar coats your teeth and causes cavities. Hard candy and soda are the most detrimental, as they tend to linger if you don’t have the chance to brush right away.
  8. Visit your dentist – They’d love to see you and help take care of your teeth =) Twice each year is recommended.

If you need a more personalized dental care plan, give us a call! We have tons of ideas to keep your teeth healthy.

If you’ve had your dentures for more than 3-5 years it’s possible that your dentures no longer fit correctly.

The bone of the mouth holds and supports the teeth, but did you also know that the teeth of our mouth help to support the bone? When the teeth are removed the bone looses the support once provided by the teeth and bones can atrophy and change shape over the years, leading to poorly fitting dentures. Diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and other illnesses can also cause changes to the shape of your mouth, so be sure to discuss any medical conditions with your dentist.

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Signs That Your Dentures Don’t Fit Right:

People often try to compensate for ill-fitting dentures by using more adhesive, but this is not only a poor solution but it can also lead to damage to your mouth and gums. If you are experiencing any of the following signs, then you may have dentures that no longer fit properly.

  1. Your Mouth Hurts
  2. Your Dentures Fall Out Often
  3. You Have Sores Along Your Dental Arch
  4. You Have Swelling in Your Gums
  5. You Have Thrush (an oral yeast infection)

Options For Poorly Fitting Dentures

If you notice any of these issue you should visit with your dentist to have them assess your current dentures. You may need to have new dentures crafted. Other options that you might consider are dental implants, which do not require any adhesive. Dental implants also have the benefit a long term solution that feel and function more like natural teeth.

If you are experiencing issues with your dentures, please feel free to contact Royal Dental for an appointment. We’d be honored to help you achieve a comfortable smile that you are proud of.

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