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Feeling Pressure in Your Head?

Holly Klock - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Now, should it happen again, here's some ways we find help relieve the pain:


1. Drink Fluids. Now, that doesn't just mean lots of water. You need fluids that contain electrolytes since that affects the amount of water is actually in your body. Pick up some sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade and you can even try coconut water as it has a few different electrolytes in it that's good for you like magnesium, potassium and sodium.
2. Steamy Showers. Take a hot, steamy shower every day until relief is present. The steam helps to clear up the pressure, giving you a more clear head to start your day. Consider adding peppermint into the routine as it has a natural way to cut the de-congestion and pain.
3. Sleep With Purpose. When lying down, make sure to position your head at a tilted position to ensure the best drainage of fluids. Lying horizontally will give you no relief as the fluids have nowhere to go. 





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