Good oral hygiene practices should be considered one of the most important things you do in your day. We want to remind you that it is the first step to having good overall physical health. The things we eat or drink are how we fuel ourselves to get through each day.
We know there are tons of food and drink options out there for you, and something's may not be the best. That is why we continue to remind you to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and continue to make regular office visits. Waiting for warning signs can lead to infection, tooth decay, and spending more time at the dentist. Here are some reasons why it can hurt when you bite down.
Reasons Why it May Hurt When You Bite Down
You may notice a sharp pain when you bite down, and then it goes away. This may be a sign of a cracked tooth. There are a couple things that can cause these cracks. Popcorn kernels, and chewing on ice are big sources. Hard candy, nuts, or pencils are some more just to name a few.
You may not be able to tell which tooth is causing you pain. The soft tissue, or pulp, on the inside of your tooth contains blood vessels and nerves that become irritated when exposed due to cracks or broken teeth. When you bite down that can cause discomfort or even a sharp pain in your mouth.
You may avoid using that side of your mouth, and wait for it to go away if you don't notice a crack. Sometimes finding a crack can be tricky. They most likely will be in one of your lower molars, and somewhere along the gum line.
Your bottom teeth take most of the force when biting down. This can also be from clenching or grinding your teeth, or tooth decay. Remember the pain you feel is your body's way of telling you something is wrong, and it is time to get it checked out.
Any kind of pain or discomfort that lasts for more than a few days is definitely something you should get looked at. It may be something small that can lead to infection. There is really no way to predict what the problem is without an exam since each person is unique in their own way.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns, and schedule an appointment for pain that does not go away. Our goal is to keep you happy and healthy, so please do not put it off for any extended period of time. Taking care of something small could and will save you lots of time and stress.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (971) 708-1608 today.