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Cold and Flu Season: Toothaches and Your Sinuses

By Craig Smith
February 17, 2017

Among your sniffles and sneezes this season, you might notice a dull pain in your gums. Don’t automatically assume there’s a dental drill in your future.

Cold and Flu Season: Toothaches and Your SinusesWhen you get sick your sinus chambers get blocked with excess mucus. Because you have sinuses near your jawbone, this discomfort affects your teeth and can often be confused for a toothache. But your teeth don’t have to suffer as you get over your cold.

These tips may give your grin some temporary relief:

  • Take a mild decongestant.
  • Rinse your sinuses with a nasal spray or neti pot.
  • Swish with mouthwash or salt water.
  • Alternate between heating and cooling pads.

If conditions persist for a week, you may have a sinus infection. Sinus infections require special care, so be prepared to schedule a visit with your doctor. And if the sniffles have stopped but the tooth pain persists, contact your dentist. You may have contracted a dental issue simultaneously with your cold.

Feel better soon!

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