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Can Allergies Make Your Teeth Hurt?

Even though we live in the desert, there are plenty of people that suffer from seasonal allergies this time of year. Sneezing, sniffling, and runny noses are all common, as the over-the-counter remedies are flying off the shelves.

But there is one uncomfortable symptom of seasonal allergies that you may not even be aware of; allergies can make your teeth hurt.

Here are some of the unexpected ways allergies can be a pain in the jaw this summer.

Common Allergy Symptoms Affecting Your Teeth

We frequently have patients in our exam rooms that complain of facial pain in the spring and summer. While we conduct our due diligence through exams and x-rays, sometimes it’s a cold or spring and summer allergies causing the uncomfortable aching in a persons head, jaw, teeth, nose, and face.

When your teeth start to ache, it may be a cavity. But it also might be one of the following issues that are ultimately tied to allergies — not problems with your oral health:

  • Dry mouth can cause your teeth to feel sensitive to hot and cold. If you’re on a sinus medication, it can dry out your mouth and cause tooth pain. If you have hay fever or are allergic to pollen, you may breath more with your mouth open, which dries out the mucous membranes in your mouth. You may not realize it, but your saliva actually has a biological function to wash off your teeth and help them stay cavity-free. So anytime the mouth dries out, your teeth can suffer the consequences – which could include a cavity. At the same time, the dryness of your mouth can make your teeth hurt way before a cavity has time to form. Either way, anytime your tooth hurts, you should call us.
  • A sore throat can come from postnasal drip from the allergic reaction to dust, dander, and pollen. That sore throat can also cause tooth pain. It could also feel like your lymph nodes are swollen and generally make you feel achy and sick. Yes, all of these symptoms can be blamed on that grass you planted! If your sore throat and tooth pain doesn’t dissipate in a couple of days, please call for an appointment.
  • Sinus pain can cause a headache. But it can also cause tooth pain. This makes sense, because the sinus cavities lie just above your back molars. These sinus pressure headaches are extremely uncomfortable and can make your entire jaw and face ache. To determine if you have a tooth issue or a sinus issue, decide exactly where it hurts. If the front of your face along the cheekbones hurt, and you have a stuffy nose, allergies may be the culprit. But if this is the first year you’ve experienced this type of pain, it makes sense to come and see us. If it’s a cavity it is always better to respond to it quickly, or an abscess could occur.

Anytime you have questions about the pain you’re feeling in your face, gums, or teeth, please don’t hesitate to call us.  

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