How the Flu Can Affect Your Teeth
According to dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych, it's not uncommon during cold and flu season for patients who are experiencing painful symptoms in their teeth are at the same time suffering from a head cold.
The patient is sniffling, coughing, and sneezing, and their sinuses feel like they've gone on strike. And as if that’s not bad enough, now they’re beginning to feel an ache in their teeth. Is there a link between what’s going on with your other symptoms and your teeth?
The common cold is a serious infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by one or more viruses. Symptoms of the common cold may vary depending on the part of the respiratory tract affected, but almost all patients experience nasal discharge/congestion, and a sore throat while others may have fatigue and a cough. Your dentist Columbia cites other less-common symptoms such as fever, headache, earache and sensitive teeth.
In some cases, the common cold is the result of a virus that causes a sinus infection. Symptoms of a sinus infection may include a headache and severe pain in the area of the affected sinus.
However, the roots of the upper premolars and molars - along with the nerves that supply these structures - are near the upper sinus. This relationship explains why dental symptoms are frequently associated with a sinus condition. The upper teeth that are located close to the infected sinus may also often ache, feel stretched out, and are sensitive to pressure.
Alleviating toothache pain associated with the common cold or a sinus infection is achievable. Your dentist Columbia recommends performing good oral hygiene habits such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day and using a mouth rinse to battle toothache pain.
Also, as you make healthier food choices you strengthen your body's ability to fight off viruses faster. If your teeth hurt while you’re suffering from a sinus infection, eat soft foods and avoid extreme hot and cold temperatures in your food choices.
Antibiotics and antihistamines are often prescribed to combat sinus infection while simultaneously increasing the amount of water you drink. Your body will be able to rid itself of the virus or infection more easily and the water will keep your body's fluids loose and flowing, which can reduce the toothache pain as well.
This is the time of year when you can’t let your guard down. Follow these tips to maintain your dental health and overall wellbeing. If you are experiencing any pain in your teeth – don’t hesitate – call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule a consultation and let’s get you feeling your holiday best!