Springtime for many is a season that brings joy and dread. The warmer temperatures that bring forth flowering plants and greenery for many brings with it springtime allergies. While springtime allergy suffers may be familiar with watery eyes, sneezing, poor sleep and runny noses, not many associate their tooth pain with their allergies. However, seasonal allergies can have a big effect on dental health.
Tooth pain instigated by springtime allergies have the same root cause as other well-known symptoms. Seasonal allergies are normally triggered by outdoor allergens such as pollen. These weed, grass, or tree pollens enter the body and trigger the immune system to act as though it is facing a dangerous disease. When the body comes in contact with the allergens, it activates a release of chemicals, such as histamine, which move through the body and leads to symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, coughing and sneezing.
The sinus-related symptoms such as clogged nose or postnasal drip is what causes tooth pain. Maxillary sinuses, the largest in the face, are located at the tops of the upper molars. This is a very sensitive area. When sinus pressure builds up, it pushes down on the roots of the molars. This pressure on the molars is what causes tooth pain.
The symptoms of allergy related tooth pain include sensitivity to hot and cold, and pain when shifting to stand or sit. Many also find their pain is increased when they lie down, as this places added pressure onto the sinuses. Tooth pain that appears in conjunction with other allergy related symptoms such as postnasal drip, swollen sinuses, sore or itchy throat, and headaches, may be the result of springtime allergies.
To remove springtime allergy related tooth pain, it is important to alleviate the nasal symptoms that are causing the pain.
- Nasal saline flushes are a natural way to clear the nasal passage, and lessen pressure and irritation. To flush the nasal cavity, lean forward and, using a container, guide saline solution through the nose, flushing the nasal cavity.
- Another solution is to use oral natural antihistamines to counter the histamines in the body that lead to allergy symptoms. Antihistamines are a popular remedy among allergy sufferers.
- Decongestant nasal sprays can also be a solution to alleviate pressure in the nasal cavity which will then lessen painful pressure on the teeth. Though decongestants do not normally relieve symptoms completely, they can provide temporary and immediate relief.
- Corticosteroids are another type of nasal spray that works to relieve sinus inflammation, therefore relieving related symptoms such as nasal congestion and pressure. The downside is that nasal sprays can be addicting. As a result, one can utilize safe home remedies such as humidifiers and neti pot to help relieve nasal congestion without risking an addiction.
Allergy symptoms can masquerade as many things. It is important to recognize the difference between allergy related tooth pain and other causes of pain such as tooth decay. Always consult a dentist if you are not sure of the causes of your tooth pain, or if your pain does not decrease after relieving allergy symptoms.
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