A Toothache or Sensitive Teeth: Could it be Spring Allergies?
You’ve waited for it all winter long, and spring is finally here! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and your teeth are hurting?
What? What was that last one?
If you have aching or sensitive teeth that seem to come and go out of nowhere, spring allergies could be to blame.
We typically think of allergies as the cause of sneezing attacks, itchy eyes and runny noses. But the same processes in our bodies that create these common reactions, can also lead to aching or sensitive teeth.
Your sinus cavities are located in the cheek area, right above the roots of your back teeth. Congestion, inflammation, or infection of your sinuses can cause pain in the nerves of your teeth. But it doesn’t just stop there.
Congestion in your sinuses can lead to throat soreness. As your sinuses drain, the mucus irritates your throat, making it scratchy and irritated.
To feel better, many people take allergy medications. A side effect of some medications is a dry mouth.
Saliva is full of good antibacterial enzymes that help prevent tooth decay and prevent bad breath. Lack of saliva can put your teeth at risk.
Spring Allergies or Decay?
The only way to know if your achy teeth are the result of seasonal allergies, or if infections, gum disease, or tooth decay may be the cause, is to visit your dentist.
“We see an increase in patients with teeth discomfort every spring,” says Dr. Elizabeth Rydell, Chief Dental Officer, Midwest Dental Support Center. “I always tell my patients that it’s important to visit us to truly understand what is causing the pain.”
If it turns out that allergies are the culprit, we can provide guidance on managing the discomfort.
Have a great spring!