Three Surprising Causes of Tooth Pain

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At Cottonwood Dental, most patients who complain about tooth pain can trace its origins back to oral issues such as cavities and receding gums. There is a small segment of the population though, whose pain is not as easy to track down. Below are some unexpected causes of tooth pain that isn’t directly related to the mouth.

  1. Diabetes
    Diabetes that is not well managed can increase the risk of tooth decay because the disease suppresses the immune system, leaving the body less able to fight infection. Diabetes also negatively impacts the blood vessels’ ability to remove waste products and deliver nutrients, leaving the mouth less healthy and more susceptible to infection.
  1. Sinus Issues
    Patients who make an appointment with the Cottonwood Dental team because they feel pain and/or pressure in the area of their upper rear teeth could have a sinus inflammation or infection. This is because that section of the mouth is located close to the sinuses, making them likely to be affected.
  1. Shingles
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in three people will have shingles in their lifetime, and the risk only increases as one ages. Not only does this viral infection cause painful oral lesions, but it can also irritate the trigeminal nerve, which is crucial in chewing, biting and facial sensations.

While the three conditions outlined above are uncommon causes of pain, the Cottonwood Dental team encourages anyone experiencing tooth pain to schedule an appointment. Call (505) 899-7645 or fill out the convenient online form.