Most people know that exercising can cause soreness, cramps, shin splints, and skin irritation. A lesser known fact is that exercising can cause pain in your teeth. Perhaps you’ve been perplexed by this curious sensation during your own exercise routine. Well, don’t feel like you’re the only one. Many people experience tooth pain while exercising, and it can be caused by any of the following:
– Cavities: one of the symptoms of a cavity is sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If you have a cavity, and you’re exercising in a cool environment, deep inhalations of cold air may be the cause of your pain.
– Infection: sometimes caused by cavities, infections can trigger tooth pain—especially if there’s increased blood flow to the inflamed area, which happens as your heart rate increases.
– Gritting your teeth: it isn’t uncommon for people to grit their teeth while exerting a substantial amount of force. While exercising, you may be too caught up in your routine to notice that you’re gritting, grinding, or clenching—activities which all can cause pain in your teeth and jaw.
The only sure way to find out what’s causing your pain is to see your dentist. He or she will be able to spot a cavity, diagnose an infection, or determine if you are gritting your teeth. No one knows your mouth better than your dentist, so, if you’re experiencing tooth pain while you exercise, be sure to schedule a visit soon.