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How are springtime allergies connected to teeth pain?


How are springtime allergies connected to teeth pain?

Spring is here and that means allergy season. I think it is important to keep my patients informed of the unknown links between allergies and your teeth.

While most people with allergies know how to manage their allergies, few people understand that there is a connection between allergies and teeth pain. It might seem strange, but there is a relation between the two.

Sinus Pain

Sinus pain is a common symptom that people experience with spring allergies. Sinus pain can often feel like tooth pain because the upper sinuses are located so close to your upper molars.

One method to determine whether you have sinus pain or dental pain is to figure out if you’re hurting around your nasal passages and in your forehead. If those places hurt along with your teeth and you feel like you’ve got a stuffy nose, there’s a good chance that it is allergies.

If you don’t normally experience allergy issues, or you have pain when you chew or eat cold or hot foods though, you need to visit your dentist right away.

Dry Mouth

People who regularly suffer from allergies can feel like their mouth is very dry. This is particularly common among people who suffer from hay fever and those who have pollen issues.

The saliva in your mouth also works to protect your teeth from bacteria, so having a dry mouth for a long period of time, especially if you experience allergies year-round, can lead to tooth decay and damage. Dry mouth and tooth pain are hard to diagnose together, so visiting your dentist is your best bet to make sure tooth decay can be fixed with a filling instead of a more complicated, expensive procedure like a root canal.

Sore Throat

Most people won’t imagine that allergy-related sore throat pain could cause tooth pain, but that does happen from time to time. Post-nasal drip can also make it so that you feel like your teeth are aching.

Having a sore throat can also make it feel like your lymph nodes are swollen and that can cause dental pain. If a sore throat doesn’t subside in a few days, take the time to visit your dentist.

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