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Can Sinus Congestion Cause Tooth Pain?
The answer is yes. There can be a direct correlation between
sinus congestion and tooth pain. The upper teeth are the most affected by
sinus issues due to their proximity to the sinus cavity. The sinus cavity
rests directly above the roof of the mouth, pressing on the roots of teeth when
they are swollen.
Sinus infections are a common cause of tooth pain. Symptoms of a
sinus infection can also include nasal congestion, headache, fever and fatigue.
You may also experience tenderness on both sides of your face or pressure under
your eyes. You may feel like something is “pressing down” on
your teeth, or you might notice tooth sensitivity when chewing. Pain can
sometimes be felt throughout the jaw, cheeks and eyes.
To alleviate sinus discomfort, start with anti-inflammatory pain
relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce inflammation and pain.
Over-the-counter decongestants such as phenylephrine can also help to
reduce swelling, congestion and pressure caused by swollen sinuses.
Antihistamines may also provide some relief. In some cases, antibiotics may be
needed to treat the infection.
As a preventative measure, you can try to relieve sinus pressure
by treating certain symptoms at home. When the membranes lining your
nasal passages become inflamed and irritated, try using a humidifier or
vaporizer to help keep them moist. Drinking plenty of fluids may help prevent
your sinuses from getting blocked up. Using a nasal saline spray (or neti
pot) may help prevent your nasal passages from drying out. Breathing steam may
help clear your sinuses, especially if it contains a few drops of eucalyptus
It is very important to seek treatment for chronic sinus issues.
Left untreated, sinus problems can have an adverse affect on your dental
health. Many individuals with blocked sinuses find it much more
comfortable to breathe through their mouths. Mouth breathers can develop
plaque and tarter buildup more quickly than non-mouth breathers because their
mouths dry out faster. A dry mouth is an excellent place for bacteria to
grow. Saliva helps digest food and wash away the bacteria that can cause
tooth decay and gingivitis.
In some instances, a tooth infection can lead to a sinus problem.
The sinuses and back molars are closely connected. It would not be difficult for an infection in
a tooth to travel into the sinuses. If this type of infection occurs, immediate
medical attention would be required.
Your dental health can impact the rest of your body. It is
important for you to communicate any concerns you may have about your sinuses
or other health related issues with your dentist as part of an overall
comprehensive health and wellness plan.