Types of Mouth Pain and Their Causes

Your mouth takes a lot of abuse every day, so it’s not surprising that it is vulnerable to pain. If you’re experiencing mouth pain, often it will go away on its own quickly. However, persistent mouth pain should be evaluated by your dentist to determine if you have an oral health condition that needs to be treated. Take a closer look at some of the common causes of mouth pain here.

Tooth Sensitivity
If you notice your pain flares up when you have hot or cold beverages or when you take a deep breath on a cold day, then tooth sensitivity could be to blame. Tooth sensitivity usually occurs when the enamel breaks down on the surfaces of the teeth, exposing the nerves and cells that are stimulated by temperature extremes and sugary foods. Sometimes, tooth decay and old fillings can cause tooth sensitivity as well, so see your dentist to find out the exact cause.

Stomatitis
If you have inflammation and soreness in your mouth, your dentist may diagnose you with stomatitis. Stomatitis is a general term that refers to inflammation in your mouth and can refer to things like canker sores, cold sores, and inflammation from gum disease. Some forms of autoimmune diseases can also cause stomatitis, as can irritation from braces, chewing tobacco, and some medications. The treatment for stomatitis depends on the cause and may involve your dentist as well as other healthcare providers.

Abscess
A tooth abscess is an infected, pus-filled pocket that occurs in a tooth or on the gums next to a tooth root. Tooth abscesses can be extremely painful and may also cause a fever. If you think you have an abscess, see your doctor as soon as possible, as they can cause systemic infections if left untreated.

If you’re suffering from mouth pain, John Carson, DDS can help. Get the treatment you need to get relief from your pain for good by making an appointment with our dentist in Tucson. Schedule your visit by calling (520) 514-7203.

 

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