Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of teeth loss in the United States. Tooth decay is caused by the build up of bacteria on our teeth which slowly corrode the tooth. Eventually, the tooth is corroded to the root and often becomes painful at that point. Without proper intervention, there is a good chance that the tooth will be lost. Apart from teeth loss, tooth decay can also affect us in other ways. Read on to find out the link between sinus infections and tooth decay.
Sinus Infections Might Originate from Unhealthy Teeth
Research has shown that at least 20% of maxillary sinus infections (these are sinuses that are located above your front teeth) have a direct link to teeth-related problems. This is especially dental problems associated with the molars and pre-molars. There is a close link between the molars and the maxillary sinuses. The bone that separates the two is very thin and so any tooth infection involving these teeth easily spreads to the maxillary sinuses. In many patients, the culprit is usually gum or tooth abscess that can spread slowly and cause significant damage.
What is an Abscess
When gum infection or tooth decay goes untreated for a long time, it forms pockets of infections which then spread to other parts of the body. Typically, most people know they have an abscess when it forms a pus-filled blister in the gum that can be very painful. When the infection reaches the center of the tooth, it can infect the soft part of the inner tooth known as the pulp and thereafter the sinuses.
Prevention and Treatment
The best way to stay clear of these infections is to avoid tooth decay and gum disease in the first place. This starts with strict adherence to oral hygiene that involves brushing, flossing and other ways to keep your teeth plaque-free. Such oral care also involves regular dental exams by a qualified dentist who can often catch and clean out plaque build-ups before they become serious. Eating right and avoiding sugary drinks such as sodas will also help keep your teeth healthy and strong.
If you are already suffering from tooth decay or tooth/gum abscess, then you need to go to a dentist for treatment. Typically, the dentist will treat the infection and sometimes perform a deep clean to remove pockets of infection. If there is serious gum recession, the dentist may opt to perform a gum graft to ensure that exposed areas of the tooth are once more covered. This is because these sensitive areas expose the gum to reinfection again which might then escalate to sinus infections.
If you are suffering from recurring sinus infections, it might be a pointer that your teeth are not in good shape. Even if you are not suffering from any teeth problems at the moment, it might be a good idea to see a dentist for a thorough dental exam.
Need to have a dental exam done to deal with teeth infections? Come to Dr. Alex Rubinov of New York City. Dr. Rubinov is a professional and licensed dentist with years of experience. Contact his practice at (718) 253-0800 for an appointment.