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Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Run? We Know Answer

When it comes to running, perhaps you have had your fair share of experience feeling the pleasure of the wind against your hair, the sensation of breathlessness and control, and the muscles straining as you push through another grueling workout.

At the end of it, though, you feel drained, but also alive, as the endorphins come rushing into your system and spreading feelings of exhilaration and relaxation. Running is all about contradictions, but all of them working together to make you feel good about yourself and in shape.

That said, you might experience muscle soreness the following day, which requires taking that day off to rest, even recharge, before your next run.

However, you might find it strange to discover that, besides your legs and lower body, your teeth start to hurt whenever you go out running! Unable to pinpoint the reason for this, you figure that you might not know what it will ever be.

However, like many aspects in life, there is always an answer to something unknown. That is why we are here to help you uncover just what is the cause of this mystery.

Read on to learn more about why your teeth hurt when you run, as well as find some remedies to alleviate that.

Soon enough, you will be able to go back to your normal routine of running, without teeth pain. Without further ado, let’s get started!

What Are Some Causes Of Teeth Pain?

Whether it is a matter of running or not, there are a wide variety of different reasons as to why you might have pain in your teeth. Granted, it might be a great hindrance to the quality of your life, but all the same, it can be a bad situation to be in, especially if it worsens.

With that said, we list some the possible reasons as to why you have teeth pain. Perhaps by knowing some reasons, you can come to diagnose yourself, without the aid of a doctor, and then take steps to alleviate it:

1. Natural Impact

Perhaps it is not a sign of your teeth having problems, but rather the outside forces on them. Whenever you go out running, you pound on a hard surface, the impact which extends from your feet to as far up as the head, where the teeth are located.

Especially if your shoes are a bit worn out from previous runs, then you might especially feel the impact more in your teeth. Once again, it’s not a problem with your teeth, but rather the external factors outside of your control.

2. Changes In The Sinuses

Especially if it is a cold day, the weather outside and the shift in your body’s temperature as it warms up during a run can put a strain on your sinuses. Just as you might feel the sharp pain inside your nose when you go out for a run, you might also feel it in the teeth.

The sinuses are a complex bodily system that affects not only the nose, but also down to the teeth, so that is why that sometimes, you might be feeling the sharp, unnerving pain in your pearly whites (pun intended).

3. Infection Or Cavity

Sometimes, and you may not like to hear it, but that teeth pain might be, in fact, due to an infection or, even worse, a cavity. While you might beat yourself up over it for having not taken good care of your teeth, you need to accept that it has already happened, and that you cannot reverse it.

Of course, there are many other factors that could be much worse than this, but all the same, having an infection or a cavity inside your mouth can make things a lot more complicated than usual, outside of running, in general.

4. Experiencing Sensitive Nerves

While it is not the same as an infection or a cavity, having sensitive gums or teeth can make the quality of life just a bit more cumbersome. Perhaps it had been due to overburdening them with eating hard food that caused the teeth to be fractured, or overbrushing of the gum area.

That said, its pain might now appear during runs, which happens due to changes in blood pressure and temperature when you start getting warmed up, thereby triggering the gums to change their states and otherwise cause discomfort.

5. Having A Clenched Jaw

It might be normal for you, if not many runners like you, to grit your teeth or otherwise clench your jaw when going out on a run. Of course, it is pretty natural, since running is a form of high-intensity sport (depending on how fast you go, that is) and stimulates quite a bit of stress along the way.

Although you know that it is imperative to keep your jaw relaxed to ensure a more-comfortable running experience, there is probably a mental block inside of you that tells you otherwise.

As a result, it leads to discomfort in the teeth, and perhaps later on teeth and jaw pain whether you are running or not.

6. Gum Problems

Similar to point #3, teeth pain while running can be due to infection and recession in the gums. Particularly if you tend to brush your teeth too hard, you end up changing the composition of the teeth and, as a result, the gums start to wear down, even recede.

From this, you get extremely sensitive teeth that hurt not only when you run, but also when you eat or brush your teeth later down the line. Certainly not pleasant to deal with, and it can be difficult to treat as well.

7. Past Teeth Problems

This is also known as trauma: as previously discussed, you might have had past teeth problems due to perhaps eating something too hard, breaking or chipping a tooth, or even as simply as brushing too hard.

Granted, it can be a literal (and figurative) pain to deal with, but unfortunately, it might require some professional help to alleviate the symptoms in order to get back to running comfortably again.

How Can I Alleviate The Pain?

When it comes to experiencing teeth pain while running, it can especially be difficult to handle. That said, we are providing a few ways that you can alleviate the pain to help ensure a gradual, but steady recovery that will assist you in running pain-free in the future runs to come. Without further ado, here they are:

1. Avoid Causing Further Damage To The Teeth

With alleviation comes prevention, and so the first step to ensuring that no future teeth pain will arise is to cease doing the things that you had been doing to hurt your teeth.

That said, be gentler when brushing your teeth, as well as changing your diet (less sweets, more greens) and overall taking good care of them. Trust us: not only will your runs be pain-free, but also your body will thank you later for the care later down the line.

2. Use Saltwater Rinse

Surprisingly, it can be a miracle that salt and warm water may just be the way to lessening tooth pain. While it cannot alleviate it in the long term, at least its short-term properties can save you some time while finding a more-permanent way to fix the problem.

Simply taking table salt (which contains sodium chloride) and warm water to dissolve it in is the trick: swish it around your mouth, notably in your affected area, and spit it out afterwards. You should feel less pain than before then.

3. Take Over The Counter (OTC) Drugs

Some people might see this as a cop-out for avoiding getting serious help, but when desperate, you will need to grab the first thing on the shelf (or counter), which is often pain killers.

At least by taking these OTC drugs, it can stave off the pain until you find something else to alleviate it for good.

4. Ice The Area

If the teeth are starting to throb or your jaw is starting to swell, then it is a good idea to grab an ice pack (or a heat pack) to reduce the pain and swelling.

Doing so temporarily numbs the affected area, which you can then use to help find another remedy to cure the pain in the long term.

5. Use OTC Anesthetics

Similar to OTC drugs, OTC anesthetics are also a form of pain killers meant for short-term use. They are usually in the form of gels and liquids, which contain benzocaine that numbs the mouth for a temporary moment.

Of course, a little goes a long way, so it is best not to put too much of it on your teeth, or else it can lead to side effects even more adverse than the teeth pain to start off with. That being said, a little goes a long way!

6. Clove Oil

Interesting as it sounds, clove oil actually does wonders to mollifying teeth pain. All you have to do is apply a bit of it to the affected area of the teeth and gums, as it contains properties similar to benzocaine, which is a teeth-numbing agent found in plenty of anesthetics and drugs.

While you may have never heard of clove oil, it is not only a powerful substance for temporarily relieving the pain, but also a natural product that has not been synthesized as it has been with anesthetics or drugs. Your body will thank you later for it!

7. Chew Garlic

Another natural remedy that can stave off the teeth pain is by chewing garlic. While the thought of it does not necessarily please you, it is a matter of swallowing your pride and giving it a try—after all, it may work!

The chemical property in garlic, allicin, is a disease-fighting chemical which has been used to fight against infections and tooth diseases. It is a matter of taking a clove of garlic and either crushing it to release the allicin before applying it to your teeth and gums, or simply just popping it into your mouth to allow your teeth to sink into it and soak up that remedying chemical.

Although your breath might not necessarily smell fantastic afterwards, garlic nevertheless can be an easy home remedy to try out.

8. Start Slow When Running

Sometimes, it might be a matter of slowly acclimatizing to the weather before and during the run. Especially in cold temperatures, it is important to exercise the precautions (literally) when going from resting to exercising states.

Do some warm ups inside the house before you head out, and start out jogging to get your body temperature up at a slow, but steady pace. Little changes like these can be incredibly helpful for your body, all the while preventing the toothache from coming on again.

9. If Necessary, Seek Professional Help

Sometimes, your efforts just might not be working, so it is a matter of going to and discussing with your doctor about the pain and other symptoms associated with your teeth.

Your doctor has probably had the experience of treating such problems, so do not be shy when opening up about your problem. They might even suggest the best option to go about curing it, perhaps even prescribing medicine in order to combat it. In the end, it should turn out well.


All in all, having pain in your teeth while running is certainly not a pleasant feeling, and it should not be ignored. While sometimes it is the cause of temperature changes in your body and the environment, sometimes it can be more insidious (e.g. cavity, gum problems, etc.).

Knowing that it is best to take action is the way to go, as you can research the possibilities as to why they hurt and take steps in alleviating it. Soon enough, you will not have to worry about going running with teeth pain anymore!

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Especially if you are an avid runner, then you probably have taken lots of different steps in order to ensure that you are performing your very best, on the field or out on the road.

From pushing yourself during practice to getting the most-comfortable running shoes to taking pre-workout supplements for that, you have done many things for that extra boost of energy and endurance that you need to succeed.

Speaking of getting that extra burst of energy and stamina, perhaps you have looked into getting creatine to help you out. A popular supplement, it has been commonly used by many athletes, particularly those who specialize in long-distance training, to assist them in moving forward, even when the going gets tough.

Perhaps you have interest in purchasing it as means of testing it out, but you are not sure what exactly it is, let alone whether it is safe or whether it will actually benefit you in the long run and not just as a placebo effect.

That said, we are here to help! Read on to learn more in this article about creatine for runners. We will give you all the information you need to know about this supplement, as well as some top suggestions to get you started. Soon enough, you will see whether it works or not for driving you to achieve your next personal record.

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What Type Of Footwear Protects Your Entire Foot? We Have Answers!

When it comes to performing any activity that involves the use of your foot, e.g. walking, running, hiking, etc., you know how important it is to go about keeping your feet in good condition, considering that they already take a huge beating every time you get up and move around.

While it is true that some shoes (such as running shoes) and supports like insoles are common types of footwear for not only protecting, but also improving your activity performance, there are also other kinds of footwear out there that are more specialized to help you handle pressure from being on your feet all day. You might not be sure just what they are, let alone know under what circumstances they are best for being used.

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Why Do My Ears Hurt When I Run? How To Cure It ?

When it comes to running and staying in shape, perhaps you know best. In other words, you might know just how fast you can go, how far, and how consistently, to make sure that you are at your upmost peak shape. Other than that, you are highly passionate about the sport, and you do not waste a day without at least a jog around the block.

That said, you recently have felt your ears hurting when you run—in fact, you ask yourself the question, “why do my ears hurt when I run?” Whether it is a mere tingling sensation to an actual, burning feeling at the tips of your ears, you are not sure just what is going on with your body. (along with the bottoms of your feet and your shoulders). Even further, you are frustrated at the lack of knowledge you know about this phenomenon.

Well, we encourage you not to be frustrated anymore—we are here to help! Read on to learn more in this article about the causes behind ears hurting while running, as well as possible remedies to heal them. We will be answering your burning questions (pun intended) and soon enough, you should be on your way to a pain-free running experience.

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What Is Runner’s Knee? And How To Treat It? We Have Answers.

When it comes to running, perhaps you are nothing short of hard-working and dedicated to the sport. Really, you are determined and you are confident that you have what it takes to get to the top and become the best runner out there.

From going on long, intense runs every day to practicing sprints and circuit training on your off days, you have a huge drive that pushes you to keep going, whether through the sweat or the pain.

Speaking of pain, you have probably recently started to notice a slight irritating feeling in your knee (or knees). At first, you probably did not think much about it, and you continued to push yourself on runs.

However, after some time, the feeling did not go away, but has now gotten worse. You do not know what is going on, as well as getting incredibly nervous as to what is wrong with your body.

Little do you know that you have what is known as runner’s knee. Knowing this, you do not know what to do about it, as well as wondering if it will hurt your chances (literally and figuratively) for continuing to run, both short-term and long-term.

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How Good Running Form Makes You a Better Runner

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That said, with all of these different strategies to get in top shape, perhaps you have come across the idea of getting a good form running. You might even be surprised to know that it can help you be a better runner; believe or not, many athletes do not realize the importance of a good running form and they might choose otherwise to run improperly and be comfortable in that way. However, everything little thing goes a long way, so it is a good idea to change up your running habit, that is, if you have a running form that could be improved on.

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How To Listen To Music While Running

When it comes to running, perhaps you are nothing short of being passionate about the sport. In other words, you dedicate much of your waking time to lacing up those shoes and hitting the great outdoors for a sweaty, but greatly fulfilling run. You may have also participated in a handful of races—both amateur and professional—as well as even earning a few medals in the process. True, you are in it to win it, but at the same time you love running for the sake of feeling good and happy.

That said, perhaps you listen to music as you run, or maybe you are interested in getting started in doing so. Especially when it comes to getting a runner’s high or achieving your next personal record, you might want to test out whether listening to music can help you out in the process.

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In any case, we got you covered! Our article will provide you lots of in-depth information on the benefits to listening to music while running, as well as offer you some song recommendations to get you started. In essence, we are taking your most frequently-asked questions and breaking them down for you to easily understand, so that you can get around to implementing it in no time. Soon enough, you will be well on your way to a better, more productive practice.

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How Many Calories Does Walking Burn? Let Find Out

For you as an avid athlete, perhaps you dedicate much of your time to venturing out into the great outdoors. In other words, you love nothing but the thrill of lacing up your athletic shoes and hitting the road for several hours, as well as several miles, of pure walking bliss.

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That said, from all of the running you have done, perhaps you have noticed a change in your body’s physique. That is to say, perhaps you have started to notice definition in your thighs and calves, as well as stronger arms to pump you through even the most grueling of workouts. You are pleased with the results, and you hope to maintain them.

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When it comes to exercising, perhaps you are no stranger to the activity at all. You do not seem to have a problem getting up and out each morning to start your day with a high-intensity workout, only to have it help get you throughout the rest of the day with no sweat (literally and figuratively). Your passion to sports is limitless, and you cannot imagine yourself a day without exercising.

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