Is your sinus pressure and toothache connected? They can be! If you notice these two pains coming together, there may be a few things you can do to prevent this from happening. First, let's talk about why this occurs. The largest of your paranasal sinuses is your maxillary sinus. And surprise, it's located extremely close to your teeth! In fact, about 20 percent of maxillary sinus infections have been directly related to poor dental hygiene.
Here are a few ways to prevent this duo from ganging up on you again:
- See your doctor! Do not miss out on your checkups! It is extremely important to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. This can prevent gum disease and decay and allow your dentist to catch any issues before they even start.
- Brush AND FLOSS! This is a big one. A lot of people brush in order to deter bad breath but in reality, it's much more than that. Brushing and flossing can prevent cavities. Oral bacterium likes to hide under your gums, which could cause the development of an infected root. Gum disease will eat away at tissue, teeth and bones, which can eventually cause sinus infections as well. Stop the bacteria by brushing and flossing regularly.