How seasonal allergies effect your dental health
When seasonal allergies have you down, your dental health may not be top of mind. Surprisingly, seasonal allergies can have an impact on your oral health. Here are some warning signs to look for.
Sinus pain is a common among allergy sufferers. When pressure builds in the sinus cavities, it can add pressure to the roots of your upper molars. As a result, you may experience tooth sensitivity. If antihistamines provide relief, the discomfort is likely allergy-related. However, if symptoms persist after your allergy symptoms go away, or if symptoms occur somewhere other than your upper molars, it could be something that we need to evaluate.
Allergies can make you more likely to breathe through your mouth, and antihistamines can leave your mouth feeling dry as well. One of the main functions of saliva is to wash away harmful bacteria. That means a dry mouth is the perfect place for bacteria and decay to grow.
An itchy or sore throat is a common symptom of allergies. A sore throat due to post nasal drip can in turn result in bad breath.
A good regime of hydration, brushing, flossing, and warm salt water rinses will reduce the amount of harmful bacteria, as well as the effects of bad breath and plaque.
Managing your seasonal allergies can help reduce their impact on your overall health. Speak with a doctor about treatment options. If you need help finding a specialist, we are glad to provide you with a referral.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, please let us know. Dr. Guardiola can help you narrow down whether it might be allergy-related or caused by something else.