Why Do Your Teeth Hurt When You Work Out?

Have you ever been out for a run and noticed that you start to experience tooth pain? Out of all the aches and pains that can come from vigorous exercise, tooth pain is the last thing that you normally think of. However, this is actually a fairly common issue that people face when trying to burn off those extra calories. There are a few different reasons why this could be happening. Continue reading to learn more.

Temperature Sensitivity

When you sip on something that is really cold or bite down on a popsicle, it is not uncommon for sharp pain to be experienced as a result of sensitivity. Believe it or not, this same thing can happen when you are outside doing exercise. Cold air could be the reason behind your troubles. Next time you’re out for a run, make an effort to breathe in through your nose and out your mouth. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue will keep your teeth insulated so they don’t have so much exposure to cold temperatures.

Sinus Problems

Your sinuses are right behind your cheeks, eyebrow, and your jaw. Because they are so close to your mouth, this could be the source of the toothache you’re dealing with. This doesn’t have anything to do with your teeth at all. See your doctor to find out if you are suffering from a sinus infection. This way, you can have it treated and solve this issue for good.


Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, usually is more apparent while sleeping and in high-stress situations. If you are working really hard, like trying to power your way up that final hill, see if you are clenching or grinding your teeth. This can cause you to feel both tooth pain and jaw pain. It can even cause you to develop temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome). Try working on relaxing your jaw muscles. Talk to your dentist about possible solutions.

Other Oral Health Problems

You could have other oral health issues that are resulting in tooth pain. For instance, if you have periodontal disease, the inflammation can be exacerbated when your blood flow increases. This happens when you are walking, running, or doing other exercises.

Don’t let tooth pain get in the way of your exercise. By talking to your dentist, you will be able to get to the root of the problem and keep in shape without pain.


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