Have you noticed a reoccurring toothache when exercising? You aren’t imagining the discomfort. Although they may not seem connected, dental pain isn’t that uncommon when exercising, but that doesn’t mean it is normal. In fact, it likely indicates an untreated dental problem brewing in your mouth. Here are 4 common culprits of tooth pain and when you should head to your emergency dentist.
1. Tooth Sensitivity
You might be used to a sudden twinge of pain when biting into an ice cream cone or sipping a hot cup of coffee, but you likely don’t expect it to happen while inhaling. Believe it or not, breathing through your mouth can trigger tooth sensitivity. The pain can be caused by various factors, like an untreated cavity, a small fracture, or exposed tooth roots. Your dentist can pinpoint the cause of your discomfort to resolve the issue before it turns into a bigger problem. While you wait for your appointment, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth to reduce any sensitivity while working out.
As much as 8% of adults suffer from habitual grinding and clenching their teeth, called bruxism. The repeated force and friction can wear down the teeth, increasing the risk of cavities, breaks, and jaw pain. Bruxism is often triggered by stress, but that includes more than your work responsibilities. Pushing yourself during exercise can make you lock your teeth together. Your dentist can detect the early signs of grinding and clenching to safeguard your smile. In the meantime, focus on relaxing your jaw muscles when hitting the gym to reduce the force on your teeth.
3. Sinus Problems
You’ve probably noticed your teeth hurt when you have sinus congestion. That’s because the maxillary sinuses are located near your upper molars on either side of your nose. Inflammation or infection of the sinuses can put pressure on your teeth, which can cause them to ache. You might notice the discomfort increases when walking or running. Treating sinus congestion is vital to stopping your dental pain.
4. Periodontal Disease
Besides tooth decay, gum disease is equally devastating to your oral health. Although the early signs of the infection may not seem alarming, it can lead to tooth loss if it isn’t treated. In addition to red, swollen, and bleeding gums, dental pain while exercising is another common sign. The increased blood flow to the tissues when exercising will aggravate inflammation in your mouth, making your teeth hurt. Your dentist can stop the infection with periodontal therapy to promote a healthy mouth and body.
Don’t let dental pain interrupt your workout plans. Contact your dentist to get to the root of the problem, so you can focus on your fitness goals.
About Dr. Angela C. Ruff
Dr. Ruff has over 30 years of experience in dentistry. Besides earning her dental degree, she has completed advanced training in aesthetic and implant dentistry. As an active member of the American Dental Association, she has the qualifications you can trust. If you need an emergency dentist, contact our office today.