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What May Cause a Toothache While Walking

July 30, 2018
Posted By: Lee Martin, DMD, staff
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Toothaches happen at strange times and can show up at the most inopportune times. While most toothaches reveal themselves in the form of sensitivity, sometimes they like to appear in strange times such as when you are running or walking. 

What Causes a Toothache While Walking?

There are several reasons for a toothache. The most common is that there is damage to your tooth through a crack or cavity. This exposes the underlying dentin which reacts to external stimulants. It’s possible that the pain is noticeable while you are moving because your jaw is being jarred around.

In addition, there is a pulse in your mouth. When you are moving and your heartbeat raises, more blood is pumped into the area. The pounding might increase the pressure put on the irritated nerve and lead you to be more aware of the pain.

The most common reason, however, is because of sinus pressure. If you have a sinus infection and you walk, the sinuses might swell and put pressure on the nerves. The vibration from walking makes it more noticeable to you. 

Another reason could be because of an aggravated sciatic nerve. This is found at the base of your spine, but can often manifest pain into other locations in the body. It’s been seen that sciatic nerve pain showed up inside the teeth. While this isn’t usually the case, it is a possibility. 

What's The Treatment Provided at Lee J. Martin, DMD?

Depending on what’s causing your pain, the dentist should be able to help you. If the dentist can’t fix it, then you’ll receive a referral to your doctor instead. If it’s due to a damaged tooth, your Garden City, GA dentist will repair it through the means of fillings or crowns if possible. If you are struggling with a sinus infection, you can expect a round of antibiotics to get the infection cleared up. Otherwise, a sciatic nerve issue will need to be dealt with by a physician. 

Whatever the case, over-the-counter pain relievers should help until it’s resolved, but don’t wait to get treatment. The sooner you have it checked out, the sooner you can go back to living your active lifestyle again.

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