Sinus Infection or Toothache?

If your mouth is in pain, your first thought is probably a cavity or other dental issue. However, in the middle of cold, flu, and sinus season, a very real possibility could be a sinus infection. The inflammation of the maxillary sinus can put a lot of pressure on the roots of your molars, making it feel as though you have a toothache. Often, this can be the first sign of a sinus infection, because the inflammation occurs a day or two before the runny nose, sore throat, or cough that will follow.

If a visit to your dentist rules out an oral health issue, but your toothache persists, make an appointment with your doctor to rule out a sinus infection. And if you do have one? Here are a few tried and true remedies to help you tough it out:

1. Antibiotics– your doctor may prescribe these is your infection is caused by bacteria. However, in many cases, these are not necessary, and it is important to only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary.

2. Over the counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with the pain, or a decongestant if needed

3. Humidifier– try running one at night to help clear your sinuses while you rest.This can also help with the inflammation causing the tooth pain.

4. Neti-pot– These can be found at drugstores, and clear your sinuses through a saline rinse.

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