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Your Seasonal Allergies and Your Dentist


Posted on 3/11/2015 by Nic Grasvik
Seasonal allergies and your dentistIf you were playing word association, it is not likely that if you said seasonal allergies that someone in your party would shout out "dentist". The funny thing is, as spring allergy season approaches, many patients will arrive at our office with toothache pain for no apparent tooth related reason. Typically, the complaints include sensitivity to cold, pain when chewing, and pain with a throbbing sensation, and usually involve the upper teeth (premolars and molars). Though these sound like tooth infection symptoms, they often accompany sinus pressure due to seasonal allergies.

Where Does This Pressure Come From?

This pressure is a result of the body's immune response system. Think about it - the body makes mucus to get rid of the pollen and other allergens; the mucus is thick and does not flow out creating congestion and pressure, which leads to pain within the sinus cavities. The most commonly affected cavities are the maxillary sinuses located just above the upper molars and premolars. As sinus pressure increases, it can cause pressure on the roots of the upper teeth, causing toothache symptoms.

If you experience these symptoms during allergy season or any time of the year, it is important not to try self-diagnosis, but to visit our office. After an examination, Dr. Grasvik can diagnose the real issue - infected tooth or tooth pain due to allergies and guide you to the appropriate treatment. If your pain is due to sinus pressure, we will likely recommend over-the-counter remedies, including a decongestant, antihistamine and a topical nasal spray to relieve your discomfort.

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