My teeth hurt when my allergies act up—what can I do?

Play detective to determine if the problem is sensitive teeth or something else.

For example, consider fall allergy season. Do you enjoy the occasional hard candy apple or caramel apple at roughly the same time ragweed and mold are making you miserable? Biting down on something so delicious but so hard may cause your teeth to hurt, especially if a tiny piece gets wedged between your teeth and you can’t brush and floss immediately after enjoying your treat.

Likewise, as the weather cools, you may be enjoying more hot beverages. Sensitive teeth may react to heat. If your hot beverage of choice is hot chocolate or a caramel latte, your pain may be triggered by the sugar in your drink too.

Some people who suffer from seasonal allergies still enjoy being outdoors, despite the pollen count. When they are congested, they may be breathing cold air in through their mouths instead of their noses. This, too, can cause teeth to feel sensitive.

However, you may not have a sweet tooth or a yearning to be outdoors and need to look elsewhere for the real culprit. Your maxillary sinuses are located behind your cheekbones and your upper teeth. If your allergies cause sinus congestion or lead to a sinus infection, the resulting inflammation can cause pain that may seem to affect your teeth. If the pain increases when you bend over, this is a sure sign the problem is your sinuses. Treat your allergies and your sinus congestion accordingly and your dental pain should disappear too.

If you are one of those fortunate people who have never experienced sinusitis or any of these other problems described here, schedule a visit with us to go over your symptoms and work out a solution. You don’t have to live with sensitive teeth.

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