Allergies

AllergiesAllergies are seasonal, but for some people, the season seems to never end.  The sneezing, the coughing, the draining sinuses to the back of your throat, sore throat, ear pain, and pressure.  What does this have to do with dentistry?  Well, seasonal allergies cause inflammation of sinus and its adjacent sinus channels and cavities.  All of those things can cause pain and/or throbbing in your teeth.

The first line the defense in treating your dental pain in allergy season is to see your dentist to rule out a dental issue.  Once the dentist has done x-rays and examined you thoroughly, you can make the next step.  See your allergist or primary care physician.  He or she will make the diagnosis and put a treatment plan together to start relieving your allergy symptoms and that will help put a stop to the dental pain.

Until that time comes when the allergy medications starts to take a permanent affect, there are steps you can take to relieve your pain.  Use over-the-counter sinus medications, (ALWAYS FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS LISTED ON THE LABEL OF THE MEDICATION YOU CHOSE.)  These medications release the fluid which has built-up and will thus reduce the pressure on your teeth.

Use an over the counter anti-inflammatory, (AGAIN, ALWAYS FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS LISTED ON THE LABEL OF THE MEDICATION YOU CHOSE,)  to reduce the inflammation and this will also help relieve the tooth pain.

A dental numbing rub may also do the trick on a very temporary basis.  These medications must be used carefully and always following the precise directions as prescribed by the manufacturer.  This is the most temporary of the fixes and helps in the short term.

You can also take a shower to reduce the inflammation and release the fluid in your sinuses.  Use over the counter nasal pots to clear the passage-ways of your sinus.  What you should never do is stick your head over a steaming pot of water, nor hold a cup of boiling water near your face or ears.  People will tell these work, but they are dangerous options.

The best and only way to help eliminate or reduce the pain in your teeth from allergies is to address the allergies themselves.  If you need any help or have any questions, please, make an appointment to discuss safe and effective methods to treat dental pain associated with allergies.

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