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Sinus Issues Can Cause Tooth Pain By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on February 08, 2017

Did you know that sinus issues can cause tooth pain? It’s true. And the symptoms could be like the pain caused from a cavity, to pain from having sensitive teeth, and it could even be as severe as the pain of a cracked tooth.

What is the link between a sinus infection and tooth pain? A sinus infection causes the cavities in your nasal passages to swell—the swollen tissue results in a pressurized feeling in the sinuses. The swelling causes a drainage problem throughout the sinuses, and undrained mucous builds up. This inflamed tissue, in combination with the pressure caused from poorly drained sinuses, can result in a pressurized, painful feeling around the teeth (especially the upper teeth, which are near the sinuses).

What steps should I take? First, if you have a persistent pain in a tooth or teeth you should visit your dentist. Tooth pain could be caused by any number of issues, and your dentist will be able to make the determination if you have any damage to your mouth (cavity, gingivitis, etc.), or if the pain is from an unrelated, and underlying issue, such as a sinus infection.

If you are a sufferer of sinus conditions, you can alleviate some of the symptoms with simple, at home, remedies. Warm compresses can work wonders for a sinus infection. Place the warm towel over your eyes, nose, forehead, etc. Humidifiers also work well to alleviate sinus pressure. Oftentimes the greatest blockage of our sinuses occurs at nighttime—given the angle at which we sleep, etc. Running a humidifier throughout the night will keep your sinuses open and relive any of the pressure. Steam also works like a humidifier. Steam from a hot shower, or even steam inhaled from hot—not boiling—water (if you are going to use the steam from something on the stove, be sure to do so safely) can alleviate the blockages in your sinuses—use this method for immediate relief.

If you have any questions about how a sinus infection can cause your tooth pain, visit your dentist. And if you have any problems with pain in your teeth, make sure to make an appointment with your dentist immediately.

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