IF YOUR CHILD IS PRONE TO SINUS INFECTIONS you may not think to come visit with us. Well, perhaps you should! Tooth infections, also known as abscesses, can cause sinus infections. And a sinus infection can make your child feel like he or she has a toothache!
What Are Sinuses And How Can They Become Infected?
Sinuses are a connected system of hollow chambers in the skull. Air passes through them to get warm and moist before moving to the lungs. Usually your child’s body is able to keep the sinuses clean but sometimes bacteria can grow out of control and cause an infection.
Only The Maxillary Sinuses Can Be Infected By A Tooth
While we all have several sinuses, only one set is affected by tooth-related issues. The maxillary sinuses are on either side of the nose and come in close contact with the roots of the upper teeth. Because the two are so close, abscesses from the upper back teeth can make their way into the maxillary sinus and cause an infection.
Contact Us At The First Sign Of Pain
Generally, tooth abscesses are painful. However, once in a while there’s no discomfort at all—it depends on the location of the infection. If your child is experiencing pain, let us know, even if the pain goes away. We can help catch problems—and infections—before they spread.
If you’re at all worried that your child’s sinus infections are causing toothaches, or a tooth-related problem is causing sinus infections, don’t hesitate to call. We’d be happy to visit with you and your child.
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