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Does COVID Make Your Teeth Hurt?

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease, but it’s become apparent that this dreadful malady can have extremely harmful effects on other parts of the body, including our teeth and gums.

While much research remains to be done regarding COVID-19’s effect on your oral health, we want to share with you the main things that we currently know.

A woman wrapped in a blanket while holding a tea mug winces in pain as she touches her left jaw.

ACE2 Receptors and Your Mouth

The virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, gets into your bloodstream by way of a receptor called ACE2, and unfortunately, your mouth, tongue, and gums contain an abundance of these receptors. Further, people with poor oral health tend to have more of these receptors, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, about 75 percent of the individuals having severe dental health problems who contracted COVID were hospitalized.

On the other hand, we should note that those with poor dental health also tend to have other chronic health conditions as well, and these underlying conditions quite possibly increase the severity of the disease for them when they contract it.

COVID-19 and Blood Flow to the Mouth and Jaws

Healthy blood flow is essential for the proper functioning of our body. It permits red blood cells to deliver oxygen to the body, enabling white blood cells to fight disease, while nutrients flow to vital locations.

One of the most pernicious effects of COVID, however, is that it can interfere with the proper circulation of blood through the formation of dangerous clots. These clots, in turn, can create problems with your oral health by preventing the teeth and gums from getting the blood they need to remain healthy.

Further, the jaw contains a lot of blood vessels that can be adversely affected by the lack of sufficient blood flow, and the pain caused by damaged blood vessels may well linger, long after the virus itself has subsided.

COVID-19’s Effect on Teeth and Gums

With these basics in mind, here are some of the ways that COVID may negatively affect your oral health.

Dental pain

Will COVID make your teeth and gums hurt? Unfortunately, it’s difficult to give a definite “yes or no” answer to this question. For example, in a recent analysis of 54 studies that described COVID-19 symptoms, dental pain was not among the top 12 symptoms reported. Fever, cough, and fatigue were the most commonly listed COVID symptoms.

On the other hand, some who have contracted COVID report having toothaches and bad breath, but these may be side effects of the disease, rather than being caused directly by it. When we’re sick, we may not take care of ourselves as we should.

For example, we may not eat the same foods and may not pay as much attention to dental hygiene as we normally do, and in those circumstances, toothaches may be a side effect of our reduced self-care rather than being directly caused by the virus.

Yet, it’s possible the dental pain some feel after contracting COVID may be caused by the infection developing in the mouth.

In sum, the jury is still out regarding tooth pain and COVID, and much additional research needs to be done on how this virus affects our oral hygiene and health.


Some research seems to indicate that the COVID virus may use cavities as an entry point into the body and once there they further weaken the teeth, making them more prone to tooth decay. Consequently, it’s absolutely essential to continue your daily brushing and flushing and, as soon as possible, get professional dental care.


Some afflicted by COVID have reported a thinning of the enamel on their teeth, as well as discoloration, with teeth turning gray, black, and even green.

Tooth loss

Beyond discoloration, some victims of COVID have described their teeth as simply dropping out. Frankly, instances of teeth falling out of their sockets are extremely rare, and when it happens, it’s unlikely that COVID is the solitary cause.

According to data from the CDC, almost 50 percent of adults in the U.S. over 30 years old have some form of periodontal disease. Given that circumstance, it’s more likely, that COVID has a compounding effect on already existing dental problems and contributes to the loss of teeth.

If this happens, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a trusted cosmetic dental professional and create a treatment plan to replace your teeth.

Family Dental Health in Naperville, IL

As we have emphasized, additional research is needed to determine the exact links between COVID-19 and your dental health. There is no doubt that it is an extremely dangerous disease, and you should take every precaution to protect yourself and your family against it.

We also hope you’ll faithfully practice daily dental hygiene at home (twice daily brushing and flossing) to protect yourself while you’re sick. Once you’ve recovered, consider scheduling your next appointment with Naperville Commons Dental.

Our practitioners and medical professionals see patients of all ages using only the latest in state-of-the-art dental care and technology. Just some of our specialties include everything from basic dental services to emergency treatment. We also provide restorative and cosmetic dental services such as teeth whitening and dental implant procedures.

For the highest quality service in dentistry, we urge you to contact us at Naperville Commons Dental to schedule your next appointment.

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