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Why is Toothache Worse At Night?

12/10/2022

When toothache strikes, it can be a pain!

Toothache is uncomfortable and distracting at the best of times, but why is it that toothache gets worse at night?

Snacking

If you have a sweet tooth and like to eat sugary snacks of an evening, this could be the cause of your night time toothache. The sugary snacks feed the plaque on your teeth and if not properly removed (via flossing and brushing) these can lead to painful tooth decay and gum disease.

Increased Awareness

As we wind down for the night, your toothache may feel worse because there are less distractions taking your mind off the pain. With less things to distract you from your toothache, your brain is more in-tune with the pain in your tooth.

Blood Circulation

When you lie down, more blood rushes to your brain. This increased blood circulation puts pressure on the affected tooth and makes the pain feel more intense.

Teeth Grinding

Many patients grind their teeth at night without being aware they have the habit at all! If you wake up with tooth or jaw pain, you may be grinding your teeth.

For help with your toothache, book a dentist appointment in Kettering.

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