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    Are There Other Causes for Tooth Pain Besides Tooth Decay

    Are There Other Causes for Tooth Pain Besides Tooth Decay

    Tooth pain isn’t always a sign that you have a cavity, sometimes your sinuses are to blame! Sinus pressure can affect oral nerves causing sensitivities often confused with dental decay. With Spring just around the corner, allergy-induced nasal inflammation and sinus infections increase. 

    During allergy season it’s pretty common to suffer from toothaches that are not related to decay. The maxillary sinus cavities are often to blame for congestion and pressure during allergy season. These sinuses are located right at the root of your molars and premolars. If pressure and congestion build up in the sinuses, it can put pressure on the roots of these teeth causing tooth pain.


    How Can You Tell the Difference Between Sinus-related Pain and Other Teeth Issues?

    If you have tooth pain, whether it is related to decay or tooth pain related to allergies, make an appointment with Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS for an evaluation.

    Treat Your Allergies –  If you know that you suffer from seasonal allergies, avoid any known triggers. Following are a few tips to treat your tooth pain if it is allergy related:

    Antihistamines – If you suspect that your tooth pain stems from allergies, see if the pain subsides when using an antihistamine. If the antihistamines bring relief, chances are this is a sinus issue and not a tooth issue.  If the pain and symptoms persist, or if you have pain in teeth other than your upper molars, make an appointment with Dr. Evanson.

    Corticosteroid Nasal Spray – Nasonex or Flonase are now available over the counter and treat more symptoms of sinus allergies than other drug classes, and they are more effective in reducing the severity of symptoms.

    Dry Mouth – Dry mouth is a common symptom to watch for when you’re experiencing tooth pain. Dry mouth is common with seasonal allergies because antihistamines can dry out your mouth. A stuffy nose will also cause you to breathe through your mouth. A dry mouth causes less saliva production and saliva is key in fighting against decay in your mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) refers to saliva as the ‘bloodstream of the mouth’. Like blood, saliva facilitates the health and repair of soft and hard tissues. Reduced saliva production makes decay and other oral infections more likely to occur.


    Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy During Allergy Season

    • Practice Good Oral Health Habits. Daily preventive care includes proper brushing and flossing along with healthy eating habits. Do your part by keeping up on your oral care between dental visits.


    • Schedule a Dental Cleaning and Exam. A professional cleaning from the team at Dr. Evanson’s office will help prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay and will become more present with decreased saliva due to your allergies.


    • Stay Hydrated.  Increase the amount of water you normally drink during allergy season to combat the effects of the histamines in the air. The more hydrated your mouth and body are, the better you are at flushing out unwanted toxins, mucus and debris from your system.  Water will also help fill the function of the decreased saliva production in your mouth helping you fight against dry mouth symptoms.


    Don’t Suffer With Tooth Pain – Contact Dr. Evanson!

    Don’t let tooth pain continue without getting to the source. When pain strikes, call our office at (720) 409-0008 or contact us online to set up an appointment. Dr. Evanson provides family dental services for patients in Parker and the neighboring communities of Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree.

    When allergies and tooth pain are under control, you can enjoy the wonders of spring!

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