Springtime Toothaches | Allergies and Sinus Pressure in Iowa
Seasonal allergies can stuff up your day. Though we’re all for the warmer months, the allergies they bring are not so welcome. When the weather starts to warm, sneezes and wheezes are all too common. Toothaches are also common when allergies are in town. See how a toothache, allergies, and sinus pressure all go hand-in-hand.
When the winters are icy-cold for months on end, plants freeze over, and so does pollen. When the winters are mild, the grasses can grow at a small degree all year round. That means they continue to let off pollen all year. In either situation, springtime thaws what’s left after winter. The grasses and weeds paired with the wind toss irritants for miles. Your body doesn’t like when you inhale these tiny particles of pollen and dust. It tries its best to keep the harmful stuff out and releases chemicals called, “histamines.” This results in:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Sinus pressure
- And an overall increase in mucus production.
Springtime means environmental irritants are out in full force. The body’s response to an allergy is to absorb the outside irritant in mucus. This can cause you serious congestion and grief. A side effect of this is more pressure in your maxillary sinus area. That’s located under your cheekbones. Your back molars are also in the same area. They’re in close quarters. So, when there’s pressure built up, tooth pain is almost inevitable.
DON’T IGNORE ALLERGIES AND SINUS PRESSURE
Some allergy sufferers link their mouth misery to tooth decay. But they forget that allergies and sinus pressure are related! Your dentist can always tell if it’s simply sinus pressure or something more.
If you have pain in your sinuses or a toothache, the worst thing to do is ignore it. Even though it’s “just allergies,” these problems can seriously impact your quality of life! Lean forward and press your fingers against your cheekbones. If your pain or toothache increases, it’s probably sinus-related.
If you struggle with allergies every year (or all year), create a seasonal game plan with your doctor. This may include anti-histamines or nasal rinsing. To see what’s best for your allergy-inspired toothache, talk with your dentist and your doctor.
Clues your tooth pain is not from allergies and requires a dental visit:
- You have a history of dental problems.
- Your pain is confined to one specific tooth.
- Tooth pain persists, even after allergy symptom and pressure has subsided.
Seasonal allergies affect everyone differently. Your dentist and doctor can give you the most accurate diagnosis for your specific problems. Don’t wait for the pain to disappear – spring into action! Visit your doctor and dentist for a smile fit for all seasons.
To see the pollen count and weather in your area, visit weather.com.
*Updated March 2021