As if sinus infections weren’t bad enough, oftentimes they include uncomfortable tooth pain. The reason is that the sinuses are located close to your upper teeth. When they become inflamed, it puts pressure on the nerve endings of your molars. Fortunately, there are ways to help relieve the discomfort.
Using steam opens up the sinus cavities and provides some needed relief. Use any of these options several times a day for 10 minutes at a time:
- Place your face above a bowl of hot water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam.
- Sit in the bathroom while running a very hot shower.
- Use a very warm washcloth across your nose and cheeks.
Seeking immediate nasal passage opening? Add some heat to your diet. From jalapenos, to wasabi, spicy foods thin the mucus that is stuffing you up. If you have an infection, try adding some ginger and tumeric at mealtime.
If your sinusitis is the result of allergies, a good decongestant will provide relief. Look for something with an antihistamine and when possible, avoid the allergens that affect you.
Putting fluids in your body helps hydrate your mucus membranes and encourages drainage. It’s particularly important because if you do take a decongestant, your more likely to become dehydrated. Try and drink clear liquids such as water and coconut water.
Wait, what? Two studies reported in the New York Times indicate that humming has been linked to a decrease in sinus pain. It increases the airflow between the sinus and nasal cavities. So, hum yourself to a good night’s sleep.
There are times when tooth pain is mistaken for a sinus infection and vice versa. If you have dental pain that is not associated with a sinus infection, call your dentist and make an appointment as soon as possible.