Dental Health and Sinuses

Did you know that there is a link between your sinuses and your oral health? Surrounding your nose and beneath your eyes lies the maxillary sinus cavity. This sinus cavity is made up of small airways and runs all the way to the roots of your teeth. When the small airways become irritated by allergy or infected with bacteria because of mucus build up, it can affect your teeth.

Sinusitis can also be acute or chronic. While acute sinusitis may be resolved in a week or two with proper medication, chronic sinusitis may last for over three months. You may experience symptoms such as a sore throat, headache, soreness around the eyes, runny nose, cough, and even a fever. In any case, please visit your doctor to prevent the condition from becoming worse.

Tooth Discomfort
Sinusitis can put painful pressure on your upper tooth roots and jaw and cause discomfort. Because your upper tooth roots are the “floor” of your maxillary sinus cavity, you may experience some tooth sensitivity, specifically to the cold. You may also find that your teeth hurt when biting and chewing food. Maxillary sinusitis may also cause tension around your temples and affect your ears as well. This is why some think that there is a greater issue with their teeth instead of an issue with their sinuses.

On the other hand, the scenario can be reversed; a tooth infection or abscess such as a cavity, can cause pain to the sinus pockets. If you should feel any type of tooth discomfort, it is important to contact Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan right away.

Bad Breath and Dry Mouth
Sinusitis can also cause issues with your breath. An excessive amount of bacteria build up in your maxillary sinus cavity can cause issues with your throat and turn into bad breath. This type of bad breath does not easily go away with mouthwash or breath cleaners. Additionally, sinusitis can cause dry mouth because of medications you may be on to clear the infection.

To help ease tooth pain caused by a sinus infection, be sure to drink plenty of liquids and keep hydrated. Steam may also help open the sinus airways. It is also vital to maintain your oral health and brush/floss your teeth daily. Sinusitis can be taxing on your teeth, so be sure to resolve the issue immediately with a doctor or dentist to avoid further complications down the road.