Oh My Aching Head.....And Teeth????

Sinusitis and the Toothache

Can a bad head cold or allergies cause a toothache?


* Yes!  This is very common during Allergy Season or Cold and Flu season.  Fortunately a toothache caused by a head cold or allergies rarely requires any dental treatment!
* Having a bad head cold  can cause inflammation of the sinuses(air filled cavities in your head).  Allergies or infection can also cause this sinus inflammation which is called 'Sinusitis'.
*Because your upper molars are frequently very close to your Maxillary Sinus, pressure from Sinusitis can cause your teeth to 'ache'.
*If you are having a toothache along with sinus pressure from a cold or allergies it often involves multiple teeth and is difficult to point to one tooth as the problem. It is a great idea to visit your dentist to rule out a tooth problem.
*Your dentist will perform tests on your teeth and may also recommend an x-ray to rule out a true tooth issue.
*Often, treating the Sinusitis will alleviate the 'toothache'. If your cold or allergies clear up and the toothache persists make sure and visit your dentist for another evaluation!
Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601