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Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Cough?

Airborne viruses like the flu or Covid-19 can wreak havoc on our bodies, and surprisingly, our teeth aren’t immune to the impact.

When you experience tooth pain as you cough, you can blame the intricate network of nerves and blood vessels in your face and head.

The forceful act of coughing may cause changes in pressure or could cause a dry mouth, which in turn can affect your teeth and their sensitivity. Moreover, if you’ve been battling a fever or sinus pressure, the body’s response can contribute to this discomfort.

Pay attention to these signals, as they might indicate underlying issues that deserve a closer look.

Sinus Pressure And Our Teeth: How They’re Connected

Cold and flu season can do a serious number on our overall health. If you have ever noticed that your teeth ache when your sinuses are inflamed, you’re not alone. It happens because there is a close connection between sinus pressure and tooth discomfort.

Your nasal passages sit just above your upper teeth. When you have a sinus infection or intense nasal congestion, the pain and pressure from these illnesses can radiate downward. An unfortunate side effect of bacterial infections or cold viruses that affect your airways, is that your teeth can ache.

Additionally, persistent and violent coughing can strain the nerves and muscles near the track to our stomach, potentially leading to vomiting. This, in turn, exposes your entire mouth to stomach acid which can be quite harmful to our teeth and gums. Several bouts of vomiting can speed up tooth decay and also cause pain in your upper teeth as well.

For the sake of your overall health, it’s wise to seek medical attention before coughing turns this severe. Your doctor might prescribe you something to alleviate your cough or potential nausea that arises because of a persistent cough. Regardless, you need to continue your brushing and flossing routine to protect your teeth and gums.

Remember, if you do experience an episode of vomiting, to wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Not only will this give your stomach a chance to settle, but also prevents you from rubbing harsh stomach acid into your gums and enamel. Drinking plenty of water can also help.

When To See A Dentist About Your Cough And Teeth Hurting

While a cough alone might not scream “dental emergency,” certain signs warrant a trip to the dentist, especially if your teeth have taken a hit during illness.

If you experience tooth loss, a crown or implant loss, a persistent toothache after recovering from your illness, or if your gums bleed excessively after being sick, then it’s time to schedule that dental visit.

Your oral health is intertwined with your overall well-being. Addressing dental issues promptly can prevent complications down the road. Don’t let a lingering cough undermine your dental health – seek professional advice when needed.

Our team within Naperville Commons Dental is here to support you after an illness. If you’re concerned about the state of your teeth after being ill, we encourage you to make an appointment.

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