Why Toothaches Hurt Worse At Night

One of the last things you want to deal with when you’re trying to get your beauty rest is a toothache. A toothache can be a dull throbbing pain in the teeth or a sharp sensitive pain in and around the teeth. The major causes of toothache are related to tooth decay, caries, abscessed tooth, sinusitis and teeth grinding.

Toothache often comes and goes, however, this dull discomfort often comes about during the evening. Depending on its severity, a nighttime toothache could be a minor irritation or a major impediment to getting the sleep you need. Aside from interfering with your quality of life, bedtime dental discomfort could be a symptom of other oral health issues, which are likely to worsen without proper treatment. 

 Why Toothaches Hurt Worse At NightSo, why do toothaches hurt worse at night?

Toothaches hurt worse at night due to several tooth or dental problems. Sinuses can result in dull throbbing tooth pain especially at night. This is due to trapped mucous on lying down thus, severe toothache.

Toothache can worsen at night because when you lay down horizontally on your bed the blood rushes more rapidly to your head and thus, exerting more pressure on the sensitive tooth.

When the head is placed lower than the body the blood will be more in that area and thus, the lowered area starts to make a throbbing pain. Moreover, one may experience mild toothache during the day because one may be busy doing daily activities and works. This can make them forget about the toothache. On the other hand, at night, one is relaxed and is not concentrated on other work, hence, toothache can be felt more intensely.

  • Clove can also help in alleviating toothache that gets worse at night. Apply few drops of clove oil on the gums or dip a cotton ball in clove oil and insert it on the toothache. It would numb the tooth pain and provide relieve to sleep without pain.
  • The best thing to do is elevate the head by bundling two to three pillows under your neck.
  • In case the toothache is due to abscessed tooth, then mix salt and baking soda equally, pat cotton in water and then dip it in the powder. Place the cotton in between cheek and teeth and not directly inside the tooth. One can leave a cotton ball overnight; this would relieve toothache and pressure.
  • If the pain does not reduce in any case, take a painkiller such as acetaminophen or aspirin.
  • Take an appointment to see a dentist and find out the cause of your toothache. this will help in eliminating the toothache permanently.




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