If you suffer from seasonal allergies and are suffering from a toothache, you may be surprised to know that the two may be related. You may be accustomed to itchy eyes and a runny nose, but allergies can also affect tooth sensitivity, causing you a great deal of pain.
Here is a look at three common dental symptoms that may be caused by allergies.
Painful, aching teeth: Allergies tend to cause pain in the molars. They can also lead to increased sensitivity to heat and cold in the teeth. Our sinuses are located on either side of the nose and congestion in our sinuses leads to mucus buildup which can plug the sinuses, and inflame your upper molars. This causes your toothaches.
Sharp tooth pain: Our maxillary sinuses are found in a very sensitive area, at the root tips of our upper molars. The location can lead to uncomfortable pressure in your face and head. As the pressure builds, it carries over to the roots of your teeth, making you feel as if you have a tooth infection.
Oral dryness: Many people with allergies also suffer from dry mouth. Saliva helps protect our mouths and teeth from bacteria, so a lack of it can lead to bad breath, cavities and gingivitis. Therefore, allergy sufferers should stay hydrated to help alleviate this symptom.
You can prevent sinus-related dental problems and this can be accomplished by preventing sinus pressure from developing.
Many people successfully prevent sinus pressure by taking over-the-counter decongestants. Typically, if the pressure has already built up, it will take several days, with the help of OTC remedies, to relieve sinus pressure and toothaches. You can also try a decongestant spray.
If your dental pain persists after your sinus pressure has gone away, or if it keeps you up at night, you will need to contact your dentist.
Since allergies are not the only things which cause pain in our teeth and mouths, it is important to make sure you don’t have a more serious issue, such as a virus, tooth infections, gingivitis, or cavities. It is always important to have all dental problems checked out. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry!
Remember, you don’t have to suffer from allergy-related dental problems. Over the counter sinus medications are usually enough to reduce or relieve the pain, but remember to take these remedies as soon as the pain starts in order to get quick relief.
Please contact Gables Sedation & Family Dentistry if you are experiencing tooth pain. We can help determine its cause and provide the necessary treatments to overcome pain and resolve its underlying issues.