Is the film on my teeth related to sinusitis?
July 26, 2006 8:55 AM   Subscribe

What is this film on my teeth?

I've noticed for the past couple months that I have a smooth film on my teeth that won't go away. I brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Generally, my teeth are in good health. Could this be related to symptoms of sinusitis? I've had some increased sinus/drainage/phlegm/coughing symptoms for the past couple of months and I wonder if this is the cause. I feel like I'm constantly swallowing against the draining in the back of my throat. Is it somehow reaching my teeth?
posted by rglass to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
Maybe your body is making more mucus in your saliva as a way to control an upper respiratory infection, or as an allergic response.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:24 AM on July 26, 2006

constantly swallowing against the draining in the back of my throat = post-nasal drip. My guess would be that Blazecock's right: mucus.

Zed's journal: Still not a doctor.
posted by Zed_Lopez at 11:36 AM on July 26, 2006

I'm not a doctor either, but I second what's already been said -- and for what it's worth I've got a similar feeling on my teeth right now as well as similar sinus issues, likely related to the pollen count here (It's been exceptionally warm the last couple of weeks). I presume the increase in mucus production is thickening the saliva somewhat. I don't think it's anything to worry about -- besides, saliva is good for your teeth.
posted by macdara at 11:59 AM on July 26, 2006

If it's bothering you I suggest some listerine. I don't use it daily but when I do it's amazing how much cleaner my teeth feel all day.
posted by phearlez at 1:33 PM on July 26, 2006

I don't know about your teeth, but I highly recommend a rhino neti pot for your sinus and/or allergy problems.
posted by LuckySeven~ at 7:48 PM on July 26, 2006

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