Toothache from Gingivitis
Gingivits (Gum disease) is a very common cause of toothache and although the actual tooth may not be infected the pain can often feel as though it is coming directly from the tooth.
Gingivitis affects almost everyone at some point.
Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults aged over 35. It can also have a wider impact on your overall health.
Pregnant women with gum disease are seven times more likely to give birth too early. There are also potential links with heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes.
What Causes Gum Disease? What Are The Symptoms?
Gum disease is usually caused by a build up of dental plaque.
Symptoms include sore and swollen gums (which can also be caused by very vigorous toothbrushing), bleeding gums and receding gums. If the gum disease is not controlled tooth loss may occur in the future.
There are some risk factors, which make gum disease more likely. These include being:
1. An expectant mother
2. Aged over 35
3. Diabetic and struggling to control your sugar levels.
4. On cerain medication including tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, antimuscarinic drugs, some antiepileptic drugs, some antipsychotics, beta-blockers, diuretics (‘water tablets’).
If you are worried about gum disease or experiencing pain make sure to visit your dentist.
Look out for further articles on this website about treatment of gum disease.