Ever notice that dental pains or aching teeth are more prominent at night when you’re in bed?
Two Reasons Tooth Pain Is Worse at Night
“A decayed tooth will hurt more at night for two reasons,” says Laurence (Larry) Grayhills, DMD, MS, MAGD, member of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Grayhills continues, “When laying back in the supine position, the blood pressure to the head increases (orthostatic hypertension, much as when your head is lower than the rest of your body) and will accentuate the blood flow to the damaged tooth, thereby enhancing the inflammatory process.
“Secondly, at night there are less distractions as there are during the day, allowing the affected individual to focus on the pain they are experiencing in the tooth.”