Being under the weather is already pretty discomforting, and throwing in a toothache is a recipe for disaster. Your teeth hurting while being sick is probably the last thing you want to deal with. You might not know, but it is common to experience tooth sensitivity or pain when sick. Let’s take a look at why this happens and what you can do about it.

Does Being Sick Cause Tooth Pain?

Your teeth have extremely sensitive nerves that trigger the slightest of contact and send sharp zaps of pain. According to human anatomy, sinuses are hollow spaces running through your skull, present at both sides of your eyes, nose, and forehead.

Under usual circumstances, they are empty; however, when you get sick, they swell and fill with mucus, resulting in stuffing up or congestion.

The sinus line running near your nose also happens to cross over the upper molars at the back of your mouth. When these sinus cavities are full, they put pressure on the nerves connected to your teeth, making them hurt while you are sick.

Is Your Teeth Hurting Due to Being Sick Or Something Else?

Toothache is frustrating and can be caused by multiple reasons, but when you are sick, one cannot always tell whether it is due to your sinuses or something more serious.

  • Infected Tooth Pain
    Usually, the defining marker of your teeth hurting due to an infection and not being sick is the pulsing feel and sensitivity to touch. You can see visible redness and swelling around the gums present at the base of the tooth.
  • Sinus-Induced Tooth Pain
    When your sinus is causing tooth pain, the sensation is like a slight dull pressure that may affect multiple, if not all, your teeth at the back of your mouth. You may also notice it is slowly becoming more severe. This feeling is caused by sinus swelling or receding (depending on whether your illness improves or worsens).

What Can You Do About It?

If the reason behind your teeth hurting is sickness, keeping yourself adequately hydrated by consuming a lot of water can help. This way, your body clears congestion, and if that is the reason behind your tooth pain, it will go away.
Moreover, you can use over-the-counter pills like ibuprofen or any other recommended by your doctor to alleviate your symptoms. In case your sinus tooth pain is consistent and does not get better within a few days, get in touch with your dentist.

Closing Note

At Tomball Family Dental, we care about your oral care and aim to give you a perfectly healthy smile. Dr. Audra Hiemstra has a dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, Texas, and she works alongside her team with unwavering dedication. Call us at (281) 516-1222 to schedule an appointment!

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