Should It Hurt to Brush My Teeth?
There are certain actions in your mouth that should not cause pain. When they do cause pain, you should mention it to your dentist. Brushing your teeth should not hurt. Flossing your teeth should not hurt. Biting and chewing should not hurt. If any of these actions cause pain in your mouth, call your dentist. Sometimes we want to “tough it out” when it comes to talking to someone else about pain, but with dental issues, waiting is rarely a good option. Oral diseases like tooth decay and gum disease are progressive, which means they will get worse until they are treated.
Pain When Brushing or Flossing
If it hurts when you brush or floss, you may be doing it more aggressively. If you have toned down how hard you are doing it or if you feel like you have a good technique, the pain may be coming from sensitivity in the teeth or gums. Pinpoint if the pain is at one location of your mouth or all around, and consult your dentist. Bleeding when you brush or floss may be a sign of gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. When treated early enough, gum disease can be reversed with a deep cleaning. If left to progress, it can lead to receding gums, tooth loss, and even health risks like diabetes or heart disease.
It Hurts to Chew or Bite
Unless you have bitten into something that jabbed your cheek, pain, when you bite or chew, is usually a sign of a problem with your mouth’s health. Your teeth may be sensitive. Sensitive teeth can be caused by bruxism or teeth grinding. Grinding your teeth can cause tiny cracks in the enamel that can lead to sensitivity. It can also lead to tooth decay, so early treatment is best. Pain, when you chew, may also be caused by a cavity or an infected tooth. In either case, treating a problem tooth is the best way to save the teeth and protect the health of the rest of your mouth.