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Old 11-25-2012, 05:54 PM
Frylock Frylock is offline
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Why does sinus congestion make my gums hurt?

Looking at diagrams of the sinuses, they seem to be up around my nose, ears and cheeks. But for some reason, when I have sinus congestion, it makes my gums hurt. What exactly is happening? Is it just general swelling in the whole upper face area? Or is it something else?
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:41 PM
Magiver Magiver is offline
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your sinuses come very close to your teeth. You can google sinus infection,teeth and get all kinds of hits.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:48 AM
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I had a sinus infection get down into my teeth once. Worst pain I ever had. Amoxicillin cleared it up within about a half hour.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:45 PM
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I've had a couple sinus infections that mess with the whole side of my head.
They feel like you have a toothache, ear-ache, eye pressure, and a sore chhek bone all at the same time.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:14 PM
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Sinus pressure can affect the nerves leading to your gums, making it feel like your teeth/gums ache when the stimulus is elsewhere. Allergies can do this easily. Ask me how I know.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:20 PM
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While sitting in the dentist's chair, I've more than once heard my dentist in the next "chair bay" over telling a patient that his teeth hurt because of a sinus infection. The dentist would then prescribe in the antibiotics necessary. My husband's antibiotic prescription is through this dentist, who sees a lot of patients for this and almost has a side specialty practice of treating sinus infections.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:33 PM
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I am on medication that has sinusitis as a common side effect so when Spring arrives with all the pollens and barometric shifts thrown in things go from bad to worse. I get eyeballs that feel like they are about to explode, excruciating and random pains in upper and lower teeth and I go partly deaf for months. Antihistamines and Garlic, Horseradish and Vitamin C tablets help a bit, sinus rinsing helps more.
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