Your Apple Valley dentists, Dr. Shelley and Dr. Bennett, love talkin’ about your teeth and welcome your questions about dental procedures, dental emergency services, dentistry for kids, cosmetic dentistry, you name it! So feel free to email your dental or oral health questions to the Dakota Dental Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll happily post a reply to your question.
Even though it’s starting to look and feel like summer out, a lot of folks have been coming down with their last winter cold or flu of the season.
Here’s a question from one of our Dakota Dental Clinic friends …
Dear Dakota Dental Clinic,
Last week I had the flu and experienced the usual symptoms including body aches, fever, chills, headache, etc. To be honest, I felt rotten! So rotten, that all of my teeth actually felt like they ached as well.
Why would flu or cold symptoms make my teeth feel achy?
Dakota Dental Clinic’s Answer:
First of all, your friends at the Dakota Dental Center are very sorry that you weren’t feeling well and hope that you’re now feeling 100% again!
It’s actually not uncommon at all for people to experience discomfort in their mouth when they’re feeling ill.
This can be caused by sinus related illnesses that can create congestion or inflammation to sinus tissues. Because some of your nerves for your upper teeth are positioned very close to your sinus cavities, inflamed sinus tissues can cause pressure against those nerves, creating increased sensitivity or a general feeling of oral achiness and discomfort. Plus, some illnesses can cause irritation and heightened sensitivity to gum tissues as well.
Another confusing characteristic of tooth pain and pressure when you’re not feeling well is that your brain can translate your tooth pain from the actual source in your upper teeth to your bottom teeth instead. So it’s not uncommon for the pain to feel as though it is moving around your mouth – sometimes present in your upper teeth and later in your lower teeth.
These symptoms are quite normal when you’re sick and can usually be handled by taking a standard over the counter pain medication. Most cold and flu medicines include acetaminophen that will relieve your mouth and tooth pain related to being ill.
However, the Dakota Dental Clinic team does advise you to be discerning. If the pain in your mouth becomes throbbing or sharp, if your teeth are highly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures or if pressure from biting down or touching your tooth causes an increase in discomfort, don’t hesitate to give your Dakota Dental Center a call. We’ll take a quick look to make sure there isn’t a more serious dental issue that needs attention.
Thanks for your question! Enjoy the warmer days – and fabulous dental health!