Can Allergies Cause Tooth Pain?
Here's how allergies can cause toothaches, and what you can do to prevent allergy-based tooth pain.
With the fall season underway, ragweed and other allergens have begun causing distress to many Houstonians. But did you know that allergies can cause tooth pain?
Identifying the source of a toothache is vital in order to provide relief and avoid unnecessary treatment.
How Can Allergies Cause A Toothache?
The maxillary sinus is the area where congestion builds up when you are suffering from allergies. Many people don’t realize that the upper molars are in very close proximity to the sinus. In fact, the roots of these teeth can sometimes extend into the sinus!
When congestion occurs, the pressure on the roots of the teeth can make them very sensitive, often enough to cause significant pain. This is often confused for a tooth infection, when in fact, the tooth may not need treatment at all.
How Can You Prevent Tooth Pain During Allergy Season?
Avoid spending an extended amount of time outdoors during days with a high presence of allergens. Check with your primary physician or allergy specialist to see if you would benefit from taking allergy medication, or switching medications if your current one is not working to reduce congestion.
Finally, you should always see your dentist for an exam if your pain persists, becomes severe, or is accompanied by swelling, in order to rule out infections or other conditions that do require dental treatmen