If you are suffering from a sinus infection, you might also be experiencing a toothache. According to the American Rhinologic Society (ARS), sinusitis is the inflammation of your nasal passage lining. When a cold lasts longer than two weeks, it often develops into an acute sinus infection which begins in your maxillary sinuses. These sinuses are just above your molar teeth roots and can swell with bacterial or mucus buildup. The pressure put on your dental nerve endings from this swelling can cause a toothache, especially in your upper rear teeth.
It’s important to be sure whether your sinus infection is the cause of your toothache, so be sure to call us if you think your toothache may be separate from your sinus infection. However, if your toothache is a result of sinus pressure, here are some ways in which you can relieve the pain.
Always the cornerstone of taking care of yourself, it’s vital that you stay hydrated when you have a sinus infection and toothache. Water helps to hydrate your mucus membranes which decreases buildup. You can also add drinks with electrolytes into your diet, such as coconut milk, if you are dehydrated.
A hot shower can help reduce your congestion and pain, so turn up the temperature and enjoy the benefits of a steam-filled shower.
Eat Spicy Foods
Spicy foods like chili peppers or horseradish contain mucus-thinning properties that can provide some relief. Not all spicy foods work the same way, though, so be sure to ask your doctor about what spicy foods are best.
Over-the-counter expectorants help to relieve sinus infection tooth pain by draining mucus, which decreases the pressure in your sinuses. Decongestants can also decrease the pressure, but they dry out your nasal passages whereas expectorants essentially melt the mucus. Nasal expectorants are best, but be careful to follow the instructions closely. Consult your doctor if the designated dosage is not working for you.
Hum Yourself to Sleep
It may sound odd, but humming has been linked to decreasing sinus pain. When you hum, you are naturally vibrating your face, mouth, and throat. Try humming different tones until you hit upon the one that best engages the inflamed area.
Rest Your Head in the Right Position
One of the worst parts of having a cold happens when you lie down. Lying horizontally can cause blockage and continual pressure, but by keeping your head in a propped, titled position, you may be able to drain that mucus and feel some relief.
Be sure to call us if your toothaches get any worse or if it persists once your cold is gone.