Allergies. Millions of people suffer from them this time of year. But, what causes allergies? The biggest trigger is pollen, which is released into the air by trees, grasses, and flowers. When pollen is inhaled, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive and you’ll start to see some side-effects.
Allergies usually come with watery eyes, itchy ear, sneezing, congestion, and sinus discomfort.
But surprisingly, allergies affect your teeth as well. How? The maxillary sinus cavities are the ones most likely to be affected by congestion and pressure during allergy season. These sinuses are located right at the root of your molars and premolars. If pressure and congestion builds up in the sinuses, it can put pressure on the roots of these teeth and can cause immense tooth pain. You’ll think something is severely wrong with your tooth, but it may just be allergies.
So what to do? If you suffer from allergies, try to limit going outside on high pollen days in the spring and summer. Also, try taking an allergy medication. Antihistamines and decongestants can start to provide relief within an hour or so. However, for more severe allergies, you many want to try a nasal spray or consult your doctor. If toothache symptoms persist throughout your allergy season, make an appointment with your dentist.
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