My Tooth Hurts When I Chew. What Does That Mean?

When you chew food or when you chew gum, do your teeth hurt? This is not an uncommon complaint. However, the reasons for the pain are varied and are not really possible to accurately diagnose without a thorough dental examination.

You may have overly sensitive teeth that are causing pain in your teeth when they are compressed in a chewing motion. If you have had sensitive teeth in the past, the sensitivity may increase over time. And for many people, tooth sensitivity has a tendency to increase as we age.

If you have sensitive teeth, you might try an over-the-counter toothpaste formulated especially to desensitize overly sensitive teeth. You should also consult with your family dentist to ensure there are no other issues present, particularly if such sensitive-tooth toothpaste has not helped, or you have notice a significant increase in sensitivity.

Pain in your tooth may also be a symptom of a cavity. If it has been some time since your last visit to your family dentist, or you enjoy sweets and soft drinks very often, you might be experiencing the unfortunate side effect of a cavity. Unfortunately, there really is no over-the-counter remedy for a cavity, and they are often hard to spot when looking in the mirror. This will certainly require a visit to your family dentist, where he will examine your teeth and your potential cavity, and recommend the best course of action.

Another possibility for the source of tooth pain is a damaged tooth. Your tooth may be chipped, cracked or fractured – and this damage may be causing sensitivity in and around the tooth. You might experience such damage without even knowing it. Such damage may not be visible by looking in the mirror either. Again, there is no home remedy for a damaged tooth. You should schedule an appointment with your family dentist as soon as possible. Often times, such damage can worsen over time if left unchecked

If your tooth hurts, the very best course of action is to make an appointment with your family dentist as soon as possible. Call Dr. Joseph Majka today. Dr. Majka is a family dentist in Valparaiso, Indiana and provides the kind of gentle, caring dentistry you are looking for. Call Dr. Majka at (219) 464-7191 for an appointment.

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