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Why do my teeth hurt while I run?

Asked by Finley (833points) September 27th, 2010

My teeth didn’t start hurting while running until later on in my cross country season? It’s like gravity is pulling them down and they are getting yanked with every step.

On an additional note, there is also a clicking noise sounding like its coming from my skull? What is that?

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MissA's avatar

HOly cow. I’d say a trip to a neuro doctor and/or a good orthodontist is in order. That sounds interesting.

talljasperman's avatar

You have nerves and blood vessels in your teeth…when your going all out running the blood gets flowing… your teeth are alive… I get the clicking sounds in my head too… I also get ginger ale sounds…It happened to me when I was a teenager… if you find out what it is I would like to know…

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gondwanalon's avatar

Are you running all out at full speed when your teeth start hurting? If so then blood may be shunting away from areas of your body not needed for running (like your teeth) to get more blood to your muscles. Living cells in and around your teeth then cry out (in the form of pain) for more blood. It is up to you to listen to your teeth cells. If a fast time is important to you then just deal with the pain and run.

Also when a doctor tells you ”,,,that is interesting…” it means that he hasn’t a clue about your problem.

Gamrz360's avatar

Huh, I’ve never heard nor seen that happen before.

gondwanalon's avatar

Have you had you hemoglobin and hematocrit (H&H) checked lately? If you H&H have are low and you are anemic then this may facilitate your condition.

Finley's avatar

@gondwanalon @talljasperman no I only go all out running the last few meters, I get the clicking and hurt teeth at the end of the season where I run slower and slower because I care less. I’ve been to the doctor fairly recently and they gave me the okay so I don’t think my h&h is out of order.

deni's avatar

I know exactly what you mean! Happens to me too sometimes. I have no idea why, but it seems to make sense to me anyhow. lol.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

I think I know what you’re talking about, too. @gondwanalon‘s idea about H&H is interesting, because I’m kind of anemic.

mrrich724's avatar

Maybe your upper row is hitting your bottom set. Have you tried tensing up your jaw just enough to see?

Commander_Zhao0_0's avatar

I had this happen to me just a couple days ago (the pain in teeth) I’m pretty sure it has to do with blood flow, at lease it sounds most logical that this could be the case. What I did while I was running was I broke of a piece of branch from a tree, not too thick not too thin and began biting down on it and chewing it. It helped in some weird way.

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