Are Your Seasonal Allergies Causing Toothaches?

It's allergy season and Delta Dental of Arizona has all the info you need to keep symptoms (including toothaches) under control.

It’s allergy season and Delta Dental of Arizona has all the info you need to keep symptoms (including toothaches) under control.

Desert destinations like Phoenix and Tucson used to be top locales for those who had bad allergies. Thousands of allergy suffers heeded their doctor’s advice, headed West and moved to Arizona. Perhaps because they longed for the comforts of home, they brought their plants—and pollen—with them, and now Phoenix and Tucson are among the worst cities for spring allergies.

Why is Allergy Season in Arizona So Bad?

Lush grass and shady trees may make the desert heat bearable, but these pollen-producing plants can drive allergy levels through the roof. The worst offenders in Arizona tend to be non-native plants that are wind pollinated, such as:

  • Arizona Ash
  • Bermuda grass
  • Cypress
  • Juniper
  • Mulberry
  • Olive trees
  • Palo Verde
  • Ragweed
  • Willow

Arizona’s dry climate dehydrates pollen. This makes it more buoyant, allowing wind-borne pollen to fall miles away from the plant.

Why Do Some Allergy Sufferers Get Toothaches?

If your itchy eyes, sneezes, and wheezes occasionally come with a , you’re not alone.

Your body naturally produces extra mucus to rid itself of allergens, but this can cause build-up and pressure in your maxillary sinuses. Because the maxillary sinuses are located under your cheekbones and extend to the root tips of your upper molars, this can cause painful pressure that feels just like a toothache.

It’s important to visit a Dentist in Sarasota when you experience toothache because they can accurately determine the cause of the pain. Call your dentist right away if:

  • You have a history of dental problems,
  • Your pain is confined to one tooth,
  • Or your tooth pain persists after allergy symptoms subside.

How Can I Alleviate Seasonal Allergy Symptoms?

You can easy the sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes by avoiding your main allergy triggers. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep track of pollen counts. To view the forecast in your area, visit com.
  • Stay indoors whenever the pollen count is high.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed to keep allergens out.
  • Wash your hair before bed to prevent pollen from rubbing off onto your pillow.
  • Take over-the-counter allergy drugs when necessary.
  • Use air purifiers with HEPA filters.
  • Prevent dust from blowing by placing a light cloth over vents.
  • You may also want to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to dull the ache.

If you’re suffering from a toothache that’s caused by sinus pressure, drink plenty of water and get lots of rest. You may also want to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to dull the ache. If you’re unsure why you have a toothache, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Find one here.

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3 Responses to “Are Your Seasonal Allergies Causing Toothaches?”

  1. Joe
    05/01/2015 at 1:00 pm #

    Toothaches can have many causes! For allergy sufferers, sinus pressure can certainly be one of them. When you see your dentist, you’ll definitely want to let him know that you have allergies. Meanwhile, you should work to get your allergies under control to get relief.

  2. Samm
    07/13/2015 at 8:37 pm #

    This is the first time I learned that toothaches have links with allergies. Great post!

  3. Penelope Smith
    12/17/2018 at 10:30 pm #

    I liked that you explained that you can get toothaches if you have seasonal allergies. I have been getting a lot of toothaches lately and I do have bad pollen allergies. It might be smart for me to talk to a dentist about ways to get rid of toothache pain.

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