With the seasons changing, you just knew those watery eyes, runny nose and that bout of sneezing were imminent and inevitable.
Yet, it seems that fate threw you a curve ball this time.
You have a tooth ache because of your allergies and there isn’t a darn thing (except for taking painkillers) that you can do about it. But how in the world did that happen? How did a regular seasonal change affect your dental health?
Let’s ask an expert!
CONNECTING TOOTH ACHES AND ALLERGIES
– SINUS ISSUES
According to Dr. Yoodong Moon from Precision Dental Partners, your dental pain may not be due to your dental health at all, but your sinuses.
Because your maxillary sinuses are located very near to your upper molars, any stress that affects your sinus and nasal passage can affect your teeth as well.
You may feel tooth sensitivity, especially when having very hot or cold foods. And if the problem is serious enough, even brushing your teeth too vigorously can exacerbate the pain, and cause it to flare up.
– DRY MOUTH
It doesn’t help that people drink less water during the fall and winter season! But with the added problem of hay fever, you have people suffering from dry mouth, which causes dental issues.
Dry mouth is a side effect of your antihistamines. So when you take them, your mouth isn’t able to create enough saliva to protect your chompers from bacteria. Over time, that leads to tooth decay and damage.
This damage can range between something small like tooth rotting that would need to be fixed with a filling, to a root canal.
– SORE THROAT
Post-nasal drip (accumulation of mucus in the back of your nasal passage and throat) can make it seem like your gums and jaw is aching.
Also, your swollen lymph nodes can also put undue pressure on your gums, and make it feel like you have a tooth ache. In both cases, you will have to visit a dentist to get prescription medication.
VISIT OUR PALATINE DENTAL OFFICE!
So this fall, instead of depending on your anti-allergies to do some magic for your dental issues, take the right step and visit a dentist instead.
We offer comprehensive dental services in Palatine! If you’ve got a tooth or gum issue, we’re one of the best dentists in Palatine, IL who can solve it.
Book an appointment today by calling us at 847-358-9700.