While many people look forward to the spring and the warm weather that accompanies it, for allergy sufferers, it can be a difficult time. The pollen produced by trees, flowers and grasses can trigger an immune response that causes runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, sneezing, and congestion. But what many people don’t know is that seasonal allergy flare ups can contribute to dental discomfort.
During this time of year, we see an increase of patients in our office who complain of toothaches that are often due to sinus inflammation from seasonal allergies. What’s the connection? Well, the sinus cavities are located in the cheek area above the roots of the back teeth. Allergies can cause congestion and buildup of pressure in the sinuses which in turn may create pain in the back teeth, sometimes on both sides, but many times on just one side of the mouth.
If you haven’t seen your dentist regularly, you should have your teeth checked to rule out decay, infection, or cracked tooth. If you are negative for any tooth issues, then you’ll want to treat the congestion and pressure and thereby relieve the tooth pain. This is most commonly done with the use of a decongestant often in combination with an antihistamine and a nasal spray. See you family practitioner to determine the best course of treatment. If the toothache symptoms persist after treatment by your family doctor, then see your dentist again for a reevaluation and possible referral to a specialist.