Could Fall Allergies Harm Your Teeth?

Allergies are not much fun; between the sniffles, congestion, sneezes, and headaches, they can make your life downright miserable. Now, on top of everything else, it appears that some allergies may be able to cause pain in your teeth, too.

Issues In The Sinus Cavity Can Often Lead To Issues With The Teeth

Remember that your sinus cavity is right above the roof of your mouth. This means that if you have an infection in the sinus cavity, the change in pressure and other complications can lead to aches in your top teeth.

The good news is that, while the allergies may be causing you additional pain in your teeth, the pain in your teeth does not necessarily mean that something is wrong with the tooth itself. So if you treat the allergy and clear up the issue in the sinus cavity, it should take care of the tooth pain, too.

How to Tell if You Have a Sinus or Dental Problem

Patients often come into the office with pain in their upper molars. A simple test I perform is to have my patient stand and bounce on their heels. If their teeth hurt when bouncing then the pain is really coming from their sinuses. Fluid along with inflammation of the walls of the sinus combine to create the pain which is referred to their back teeth.

When An Allergy Causes More Than Just Pain

The bad news is that your body is an intricate system with many interconnected areas. If an infection in your sinus cavity gets bad enough, there is always the chance that the infection could spread, especially to nearby areas such as the roots of your upper teeth.

If you are suffering from allergies and notice pain developing in your teeth—especially the top ones—it may be nothing more than a change in the pressure of the sinus cavity causing some discomfort for your teeth. However, you surely have heard the saying that it is better to be safe than to be sorry, and you should not try to ride out the pain.

Please contact us, and let us take a look. We can help determine whether your teeth are developing any sort of infection, and we can help with the pain.

 

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