Pain when chewing / brushing teeth

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Pain when chewing / brushing teeth

Possible Causes

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

    Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by pain that affects the trigeminal nerve (carries sensation from the face to brain). Even a mild stimulation of your face by brushing teeth or combing hair might be a trigger. Causes include contact between a blood vessel and trigeminal nerve which puts pressure on the nerve, nerve compression by a brain tumour, stroke or trauma.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Does the pain occur/worsen when you chew or brush your teeth?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Do you have a fever?

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