Do I have sinus pain or tooth pain?  How to tell the difference?

Do I have sinus pain or tooth pain?  How to tell the difference?


Runny nose. Watery Eyes. Dry mouth. Sore throat. Sneezing every 20 minutes. Sinus Pain. Could it be seasonal allergies, the common cold, sinusitis, or the flu? 

Well during the Spring months, these symptoms are quite common for millions of seasonal allergy sufferers. So if you’re suffering from sinus pain because of seasonal allergies, you’re not alone.

In addition to the common seasonal allergy symptoms mentioned above, many people also suffer from sinus pain and sinus pressure.

But sinus pain sometimes gets confused with tooth pain, leaving many people to wonder whether they’re experiencing sinus issues or tooth-related issues. 

So how do you tell the difference between the two?


The differences between tooth pain and sinus pain

In order to determine the difference between tooth pain and sinus pain, you need to evaluate two things — the location of the pain and the type of pain. 

Are you experiencing dull, achy pain versus sharp, intense pain? Is the pain mainly felt near the jaw regions or centralized in one particular area of the mouth? 

Over the next couple of days, take note of the location and type of pain you’re experiencing. Make note of what you’re doing when the pain starts. 

Does the pain start after you’ve been outside in the backyard for 20 minutes? Does the pain start after eating hard or hot foods?

Let your doctor know the specifics of the pain you’re experiencing so he/she can provide proper treatment. 


Why do people confuse sinus pain and tooth pain?

The maxillary sinuses (the largest sinuses in your face) of the cheekbone are located above your mouth. This is why some people may think sinus pain is due to a toothache or vice versa (that tooth pain is due to sinus problems). 

 When someone has a sinus infection, the inflammation causes a lot of pressure, which many people end up feeling tooth pain. 

It is important to get a proper diagnosis either from a dentist, an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor, or your primary care doctor. A proper diagnosis with the right treatment will help you feel comfortable again. 

In the meantime, continue taking proper care of your dental health by:

  • Staying hydrated. Be sure you’re drinking enough fluids every day. Staying hydrated will help eliminate dry mouth from your day and it can also flush out excess mucus if you’re sick. 
  • Brushing and flossing. Be sure you’re brushing and flossing your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth 2-3 times per day and floss at least 1 time per day. 
  • Scheduling an appointment with your dentist. If you need to be evaluated for tooth pain or if you’re due for a teeth cleaning appointment, call your dentist. 
  • Treating your allergies. If you have seasonal allergies, consult with your doctor to learn ways to manage your symptoms. There are several homeopathic remedies, medications, and over-the-counter products you can try. 

What now?

If you have sinus pain, you can schedule an appointment with your doctor or an ENT doctor. If you have tooth pain, call your dentist for an appointment. If you live in or near Marietta, GA call Shining Smiles Family Dentistry. 

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