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How can other health problems cause a toothache?

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Your teeth may hurt because of an issue somewhere else in your body. That's called referred pain. It can come from:

  • Certain kinds of headaches, like cluster and migraine
  • Clogged or infected sinuses
  • Problems in the joint or muscles that connect your jaw to your skull

In rare cases, a heart attack can cause tooth pain. It's also a symptom of certain nerve diseases.

SOURCES:

American Dental Association.

Oral Health Foundation: "Sensitive teeth."

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease Information."

National Health Service: "Toothache."

Pray, W. US Pharmacist, 2007.

University of Maryland Medical Center.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "Wisdom Teeth Management."

Academy of General Dentistry: "When to Remove Wisdom Teeth."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association.

Oral Health Foundation: "Sensitive teeth."

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease Information."

National Health Service: "Toothache."

Pray, W. US Pharmacist, 2007.

University of Maryland Medical Center.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "Wisdom Teeth Management."

Academy of General Dentistry: "When to Remove Wisdom Teeth."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 01, 2018

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