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How Your Teeth Could Lead You to Having Sinus Problems

Posted on 7/20/2019 by Tricia Ramsay
How Your Teeth Could Lead You to Having Sinus ProblemsMillions of people struggle with sinus problems. They look all around for some type of relief from the congestion, runny noses, sinus infections and other issues surrounding this part of their body. They search high and low for a solution to the problem, but often ignore one of the reasons behind their problems. The answers for some people that struggle with sinus problems may lie in their teeth.

Connecting the Sinuses and Teeth

To understand how your teeth can cause sinus problems, you have to understand the connection between the teeth and the sinuses. While the sinuses and the teeth are separate, there are parts of the sinuses that are located near the teeth. The maxillary sinuses and the maxillary teeth are located very close to each other. The sinuses also drain into the oral cavity and this is another connection to oral health.

When A Bad Tooth Affects the Sinuses

Although it is more likely for sinus problems to create problems for teeth, it is also possible for it to happen the other way around. If you have an infection, an abscess or have an impacted molar in the areas close to the maxillary sinuses, it is possible to spread that infection to the sinuses.

Problems with your teeth are also a sign of problems with the sinuses. A sinus infection can lead to a dry mouth. Saliva can help wash away the bacteria that grows in the mouth. If the bacteria continue to grow, they can lead to different problems including tooth decay, cavities, gum disease and infections. The dry mouth caused by the sinus infection can inhibit the production of saliva needed for good oral health.

It is important to understand how different parts of the body affect each other. The best thing a person can do if they do not want their oral health to impact their sinuses or if they do not want their sinus problems to impact their oral health is to make sure they follow good oral and general hygiene practices every day.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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