Is It Sinus Pressure or a Toothache? How To Recognize The Difference

June 15, 2018

Being that our teeth and sinuses are connected, understanding what's causing pain in the general area can sometimes be hard to decipher.

Although you should always consult your doctor for medical advice if you are experiencing any pain, here are a few key differences between oral health and sinus-related issues:

Sinus Infection

Sinus infections or "sinusitis" are usually problems called by a virus, bacteria, allergies are nasal-related issues.  Sinusitis is often triggered by the common cold or allergies and will usually clear up on its own, after consulting with your doctor. If you have a recurring sinus infection or an infection lasting longer than 8 weeks, you may be suffering from a chronic infection and it is adviced that you seek medical assistance.

Possible symptoms of sinus infections include:

  • Persistent coughing
  • A sore throat
  • Swelling and inflammation in the sinuses with a headache
  • Dull pain around the nose, eyes, forehead, teeth or jaws
  • Greenish-yellow discharge from your sinus passages

Oral Health

Besides the obvious pain in your teeth, if you exhibit other problems such as a headache, a toothache might be the cause of your mouth-related issues. Another likely sign of oral health issues is if you have tried natural and over the counter remedies for your sinusitis and haven't have had any success in solving your teeth pain.

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If this is the case, it is recommended that you make a trip to see your dentist so that your problem areas can be properly assessed, diagnosed and treated.

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