How to Alleviate Tooth Pain Caused by Sinuses

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Sinus infections affect more than 37 million Americans a year according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). Sinus issues in general can cause effects on the physical body and mental clarity. They can impair a person's performance and hinder an individual from operating at his or her potential. A common effect from inflamed, infected or irritated sinuses is tooth pain. The sinus cavity rests directly above the roof of the mouth, pressing on the roots of teeth when they are swollen. Using medication is the most effective way to alleviate tooth pain caused by sinuses.

How to Alleviate Tooth Pain Caused by Sinuses
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Things You'll Need

  • Decongestant
  • Anti-inflammatory pain relievers
  • Warm compress
  • Peppermint oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
Step 1

Buy an over-the-counter decongestant such as phenylephrine to reduce the swelling, congestion and sinus pressure from swollen sinuses.

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Step 2

Follow the directions and recommended dosage on the package. Do not take more of the medication than recommended unless directed by a doctor.

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Step 3

Drink plenty of water when taking a decongestant to maximize the drugs effectiveness. Drink a minimum of six, eight-ounce glasses of water daily.

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Step 1

Purchase over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce inflammation and pain in the sinuses and teeth.

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Step 2

Follow the directions and recommended dosage on the package. Try not to miss a dose as the consistency of the drug in the body will help its effectiveness. Do not take more of the medication than recommended unless directed by a doctor.

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Step 3

Use only as directed and do not take for a prolonged period of time as complications may occur such as gastrointestinal issues. Do not use without a doctor's supervision if you have high blood pressure.

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Step 1

Use a warm compress to reduce the swelling in the sinus cavity.

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Step 2

Find a washcloth. Run it under hot water for 20 seconds. Ring it out so it is still wet but not dripping.

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Step 3

Add three to four drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil to the wash cloth just before placing on your face.

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Step 4

Lay down on your back and place the hot washcloth directly on your eyes and nose to sooth the sinus cavity.

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Step 5

Repeat as often as need to keep the compress warm.

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