Why do I have a toothache?” At some point, you’ve probably wondered this when you’ve experienced the dull ache or serious discomfort of a toothache. What causes our teeth to ache? What steps can we take to either treat the issue or prevent them from occurring at all? Many people are surprised to find just how preventable tooth pain can be.

Frequently Asked Questions About Toothaches

Question: What causes tooth pain?

Answer: Discomfort in the teeth typically occurs when bacteria can reach the layers of dentin beneath the outer enamel. This may happen when the tooth enamel erodes as a result of poor oral hygiene or via cracks/chips in the tooth surface.

Question: When should I see a dentist?

Answer: You should see a dentist once you notice or tooth has become damaged. If you also encounter persistent toothaches or tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures we also advise seeing a dentist for a diagnosis.

Question: What can I do to avoid further aches?

Answer: Often improving your daily dental maintenance is enough to reduce the risk of toothaches. You need to thoroughly brush your teeth in the morning and again before going to bed. We also recommend flossing before going to bed as well. You need to have your teeth professional cleaned by a dentist twice a year as well. Finally, try to remove sugary snacks and drinks from your diet, instead choosing water and healthy alternatives. Doing this can reduce the risk of enamel erosion and the subsequent cavities.

Question: How does a dentist treat tooth pain?

Answer: Often the issue is the result of a cavity, so the dentist will place a filling. However, if the tooth becomes infected or the decay is severe enough the dentist may instead place a dental crown or even perform a root canal procedure.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 697-6800.