My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
A sinus infection is a serious and painful condition. Since there are 7 sinus cavities in your head, including around your nose,cheeks, and forehead, an inflammation in this area can feel like you have been hit in the face and become very uncomfortable. A sinus infection is typically caused by a common cold that won't go away, but it can also be caused by an infected tooth or gum tissue as well. Here are signs you should see your dentist for your sinus infection.
Bleeding or swollen gums
If your gums are bleeding or swollen, or you notice a foul taste or odor coming from your mouth, this can be a sign that your sinus infection is caused by a common gum disease: gingivitis. Your dentist can inspect your gums for infection and prescribe antibiotics to help clear the inflammation and bring you great relief. They may also recommend an extensive cleaning to help draw out any infection that is existing in your gum line under your teeth.
Pain in a single tooth
A sinus infection often causes pain in the upper jaw and teeth on either or both sides of your mouth, but if a single tooth appears to be affected, you may have a cavity or other issue that is causing your problem instead. Signs that a tooth infection is causing your sinus infection is the lack of a recent cold or chest congestion and severe tenderness in your tooth or gums where the pain is located. Your dentist can give you an oral exam to see if a tooth is causing your pain and can repair the tooth to help keep infection at bay. Infection can also be treated with antibiotics to prevent the condition from getting worse.
Antibiotics haven't worked
If you have been on a round of antibiotics from your doctor to battle your sinus infection and the condition has returned, you may have an oral issue that is to blame. Your dentist can give you a thorough exam to see if a cavity or other smaller issue is causing your sinus infection to recur and can perform treatments to help your sinuses clear up again and be free of infection.
A sinus infection is a common malady that many people encounter at some point in their lives. There are times when your oral health may be to blame, and your dentist can help repair dental issues that are causing or worsening your condition. If current treatment for your sinus infection is not working, schedule an appointment with your dentist to see if your teeth or gums are to blame for your problems.