3 Ways to Prevent Sinus Tooth Pain

1. Avoid Sinus Infection

If you are prone to toothaches from sinus troubles, do all you can to avoid contact with people with upper-respiratory infections. Don’t kiss or shake hands with those who are coughing or sneezing. Don’t share food or drinking glasses with them. Wash your hands before meals and frequently during cold and flu season.
Avoid allergens and other airborne causes of sinus infection. Retreat from smoke and pollution to an indoor room with an air purifier. Maintaining humidity indoors will keep your mucous membranes moist and healthy. Plug in a humidifier or simmer some water in a pan on the stove or radiator. Drinking enough liquids will also serve to keep your nasal passages clear.

2. Stave Off Pain

If you have a sinus infection or feel your teeth or jaws starting to throb, take steps immediately to prevent pain near the maxillary sinus. This is located beneath the cheekbones, just above the jaw. A moist heat pad or warm gel pack placed on the sensitive area should keep throbbing to a minimum.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin also have an analgesic effect on tooth pain. You shouldn’t take these for longer than a few days, however. For very severe cases, a doctor may prescribe stronger pain medication.

3. Address TMJ and Dental Issues

Sinus infections and irritation of the maxillary cavities can make teeth grinding and other dental problems worse. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw due to a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, see a doctor about addressing these issues. Mention any recurrent sinus tooth pain and whether or not NSAIDs provide relief. A TMJ mouth guard or muscle relaxant may be prescribed.
When your sinuses are infected, any outstanding dental conditions, such as cracks or cavities in the teeth, may be more noticeable. Have restorative work or extractions performed to prevent additional tooth pain associated with sinus infections.