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Toothaches—Could They Be A Sign Of Tooth Decay?

The aches and pains that we experience in our bodies are indications of something going wrong. Pain is the language the body uses to communicate to the person where exactly the problem is and how urgently treatment should be sought.

It’s the same case with toothaches. Even though tooth decay can occur because of multiple reasons, regular complaint of toothaches is one of them. Pain that begins spontaneously in spasms because of no apparent cause or accident is largely indicative of tooth decay.

Being the single most common health problem reported worldwide, tooth decays cannot be reduced just to toothaches that occur for no good reason. There has to be more evidence to support the cause of this dental problem.

Some other causes of tooth decays include:

  1. Tooth cavities

  2. Sensitivity

  3. Tooth stains

  4. Plaque and acid

  5. Painful chewing

  6. Poor dental cleaning

  7. Dry mouth


Cavities, as the name suggests, are holes or pits in your teeth resulting from damage to your dental health. Munching snacks, chewing sugary foods, letting bacteria find a vacation spot in your mouth, and inadequate brushing combine to cause this problem which leads to tooth decay.

This is a growing problem which does not stop after inflicting your health. If left untreated, it can extend into deeper layers of the teeth and effectuate decay to the core.


People often complain of toothache or searing pangs of pain at its roots while drinking hot beverages or having cold drinks and ice creams. Such reactions to hot or cold temperatures are called tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity is a sign of poor dental health, which is suggestive of tooth decay as well.

Tooth Stains

Black or brown enamel forming on the top layer of your teeth is more than just aesthetically unpleasant. Not only is it unimpressive to look at, but is also a sign of unimpressive brushing and flossing habits.

This happens when residue of sugary foods is left to rot in your mouth resulting in the production of plaque.

Plaque and Acid

Plaque is a sticky film which coats the outer surface of your teeth resulting from an accumulation of sugar and starch which escapes brushing and flossing. These food remains become a feast for bacteria which results in the formation of plaque. If left unattended, plaque can harden further into tartar which is a stubborn variation of it, even harder to remove.

Plaque releases acids which erode minerals from the outer surface of your teeth.

Unfortunately, bacteria that live in our mouth digest the carbohydrates that are left to rot in our mouth and produce acid.

Dry Mouth

Can looking at images of delicious cuisines help fight tooth decay?

As unbelievable as it is, the saliva that is formed by salivary glands helps protect teeth from decay (mouth-watering does help!). It cleans away sugar and carbohydrates to reduce the damage caused by acid to the teeth. Saliva also contains minerals which can help conceal the eroded surfaces caused by acids.

At Waterfront Family Dentistry, we believe in giving our patients a dental experience that will relieve them of pains and aches for a long time. Based in Frisco, Texas, we offer our dental services to Little Elf and The Colony. Our team of experts offers technologically-advanced pediatric, cosmetic and emergency dental treatments for tooth decays. For further queries, we can be reached out at 972-987-4343.

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