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Why Does Your Toothache Get Worse at Night?

February 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — allhappysmiles @ 4:01 am
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Toothaches can be a source of wide-ranging discomfort. It can start as a dull irritation and then turn into something that makes it hard to concentrate on anything else! Unfortunately, if you don’t get to the root of the issue, it can become worse. The pain can become especially noticeable at nighttime. Read on from your emergency dentist to discover five reasons your toothache is more noticeable when you go to sleep.

#1. Increased Blood Circulation

During the day, as you sit and stand all day, you are working against gravity to maintain the blood flow to your head. When you finally lay down at night, circulation becomes significantly easier. As a result, a lot of blood suddenly rushes to your head—including your mouth. This increased blood flow can contribute to the swelling of your toothache, which in turn can exacerbate the pain that you are feeling.

#2. Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a very common condition that can occur while sleeping. Oftentimes, you aren’t even aware that you have this problem until your dentist notices the wearing down of your pearly whites. The constant movement of your jaw puts a surprising amount of pressure on your teeth, which would naturally make a toothache much worse than it would have been otherwise.

#3. Late-night snacking

Many people like to snack on sugary or starchy foods before bedtime. Unfortunately, this allows the bad bacteria in your mouth to grow and wreak havoc upon your teeth all throughout the night. This can, of course, worsen a toothache that is caused by an infection.

#4. Fewer Distractions

Your days are probably filled with obligations and responsibilities, so you are running nonstop. It can be easy to push through a bit of discomfort as you are busily managing your day. Most of the time, your toothache will be much more noticeable when you’re relaxing than when you’re staying active. That could simply be the reason your toothache seems worse as you’re lying in bed—there are fewer things to distract you!

#5. Unaddressed oral health issues

 It goes without saying that untreated dental issues such as cavities, decay, and gum recession will become worse over time. Your oral health issues can tend to flare up at nighttime, especially after brushing and flossing your teeth or eating your nightly meal.

Your Next Steps…

If your toothache persists for over a few days, it is best to see your dentist as soon as you can. In addition to a thorough cleaning, which can prevent future issues, they will give you an exam. In many cases, it is an infected tooth that needs to be treated. They can also determine if you are suffering from bruxism and recommend a mouthguard for the protection of your teeth. Your dental team will help you get to the root of the problem and get you back on track to a happy and healthy smile!

If you’re suffering from a toothache that seems to become worse at night, you don’t have to continue to have sleepless and uncomfortable evenings! With this helpful information and the assistance of your dentist, you can return to excellent oral health.

About the Author

Dr. Mamata Ponnaganti and her team at Happy Smiles are eager to help you keep your smile whole and healthy. She earned her dental doctorate at Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, has completed various advanced dental trainings, and has been practicing for 20 years. With same-day appointments and the use of state-of-the-art technology for precise treatment, she can assist you with any dental emergency or discomfort you are experiencing. To schedule an appointment, contact her through her website or call (813) 818-4520.

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