Colds and Oral Health– by Hawaii Dental Service
Between the sniffling, snot and sneezing, do you ever stop to ask yourself, “Why do my teeth hurt when I have a cold?”
Sinuses are air chambers that rest behind your cheeks, eyebrows, and jawbones. They have tiny hairs (“cilia”) inside them, which help clean out mucus and keep air chambers free of debris.
However, when you get a cold, the chambers can get blocked with excess mucus. The bacteria begin to spread, which often results in illness. Since one of the air chambers is located above and behind the upper jaw, it can cause what seems like a serious toothache when in fact it is just sinus pain.
Other illnesses that may be the root of all of your (tooth pain) evil:
- The flu
- Sinus infection
If your tooth pain continues even after your cold is gone, you may have a dental problem. Make an appointment with your dentist so you know for sure
Contact us today to learn how Hawaii Dental Service can ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles for your business and employees.
MALLORIE LIM | Strategic Account Executive
Hawaii Dental Service (HDS)
Phone: (808) 529-9287
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HDS is the first and largest dental benefits provider in the state, serving more than one million people throughout Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. It has the largest network of dentists with over 95 percent of Hawaii’s licensed, practicing dentists participating with HDS. As a nonprofit founded in Hawaii 55 years ago, HDS is committed to making quality healthcare affordable and accessible, in addition to providing oral health education, preventing oral disease, and increasing access to dental care for underserved populations across Hawaii.