There are lots of people who neglect their dental hygiene. This, in turn, can provoke a wide range of health issues. According to a study by Delta Dental, only 70% of people in the U.S. brush their teeth twice a day. One in three (33%) of adults have never flossed or cleaned interdentally.
A regular brushing routine is crucial for a healthy mouth, but when the brushing leads to pain or bleeding gums, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible because identifying the root cause is necessary to start proper treatment. Let’s look at nine common causes of pain during brushing:
People with sensitive teeth or gums who use brushes with hard bristles run the risk for getting irritation of gum line. Therefore, it’s important to choose the right brush. If you have sensitive gums or teeth, choose a soft bristle toothbrush, and don’t forget to change it every three months.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ disorders) mean issues with your jaw and the muscles in the face that control it. The root causes of TMJ disorders are still unknown but experts believe that these might occur due to an injury to the jaw, the joint, or the muscles of the neck and head. The symptoms of issues with TMJ include headaches, ear pain, pain or tenderness of the jaw, and pain in teeth. Oftentimes, people with TMJ disorders experience soreness during brushing.
Somehow many people believe that brushing teeth too hard can help make their smile more white and clean. However, this type of brushing can only do a number to mouth health. This wears down tooth enamel leading to further teeth damage and can provoke receding gums. The last one can result in tooth loss.
Eating too many acidic foods and drinks can provoke irritation and damage to the enamel leading to enamel erosion and extreme tooth sensitivity. Also, consuming too many sugary and starchy foods provoke tooth decay that contributes to tooth sensitivity as well.
If left untreated, cracked and broken teeth become a breeding ground to harmful bacteria that can provoke severe tooth sensitivity and inflammation of the tooth pulp a.k.a. pulpitis. In this case, you need to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
An impacted tooth is another reason for pain during brushing. An impacted tooth is a tooth that has been blocked from breaking throughout the gum. A partially impacted tooth can cause irritation and inflammation as well as tooth pain. The issue usually requires an impacted tooth surgery done by a skilled tooth surgeon.
Sharp pain felt in a single tooth can indicate a cavity. If left untreated, cavities can increase in their size and provoke intense pain that increases during shewing and brushing. Therefore, it’s essential to treat them in time in order to prevent more complex tooth decay.
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that means gum irritation and inflammation. The hallmark of gingivitis is a frequent gum bleeding during brushing. If left ignored, gingivitis can result in a more serious problem called gum disease.
Pus pockets also called a tooth abscess are typically caused by bacterial infections and can provoke pain and sensitivity as well. They can develop in various areas of the tooth. There are two types of tooth abscess: periapical and periodontal abscess. A periapical abscess is provoked by an injury and occurs at the tooth root. Periodontal abscess forms in the gum and leads to gum sensitivity and pain.