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Got an Ear Problem: See A Dentist?

Updated on January 24, 2016
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Ear, Nose and Throat problems could be signs of Teeth issues.

This may sound like some odd advice, but if you have an ear problem, severe sinus headaches, or throat problems, and no doctor can find the source of the problem then maybe its time to see a dentist. I know from personal experience what I am talking about when I say this.

Years ago, I was experiencing serious sinus headaches that were even affecting my job, and no sinus medication would help. I went to the doctor and they couldn’t find anything wrong with the sinuses. The only thing that found was that for some reason my nasal passages weren’t draining properly. I was given an antibiotic to help the issue and the problem seem to be resolved. That was till a few months later when I started to have pain in my mouth, I went to my dentist at the time thinking I had a cavity only to find out I had what could only be described as a double impacted wisdom tooth. In other words, I had one tooth on top of another, and the one on top was pressing on the sinus cavity. So, I ended up having dental surgery and sure enough after the fact, I was having nosebleeds because the pressure was off the sinus cavity.

Years later, my sister was having serious ear problems and throat issues. It went on for six months with her seeing doctor after doctor going on one antibiotic after the other, but nothing could be determined to be the problem. Then one day out of nowhere, she started to have severe mouth pain. She went to the dentist to discover that she had an abscessed tooth that was pressing on one of the nerves in the glands. The dentist asked her if she was having any ear or throat problems because of what was going on in her mouth. So, in the end the dentist did a root canal in order to save the tooth. Eventually after the tooth was fixed, the throat and serious ear problems subsided.

I am the first one to tell someone that when they have severe headaches ear problems or throat problems that they should consult a physician first. But if they are unable to find the problem and antibiotics only help for a certain period of time only for the problem to return then go it might be time to consult a dentist. It certainly would no hurt to do so and it might just be the answer to what could be causing the problem.


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