When allergy season is in full swing, your oral health may not be the first thing on your mind. Although, it is an exciting time of the year, as it is finally getting warm, the flowers are in full bloom, and the sun is finally out, it is still important to remember to pay attention to your teeth and take proper care of them as this is the season allergies really start to affect people. A case of the allergies can often times affect how your teeth and head feel.
Here’s what to look out for and how to protect your mouth.
- Sinus pain is a common symptom or your immune system from pollen and dust. This is because the hollow spaces in your head fill up with mucus, which causes aches and pains in your face. The maxillary sinuses, the largest sinuses in your face, are located above your mouth. When pressure builds up in these sinuses it can push down on the roots of your upper molars. This may cause you to experience sensitivity to hot and cold or notice pain that shifts as you sit, stand, or lie down.
If this happens, try antihistamines to see if you can get any relief. If your toothache goes away after taking antihistamines, the tooth is likely allergy-related. If the pain continues or develops further after taking the antihistamines and after your allergy symptoms disappear, or occurs somewhere others that your upper molars, talk you your dentist. This pain could be caused by tooth decay. Dry Mouth
- Allergies can often cause the mouth to feel dry. First, you will be more likely to breate through your mouth when your nose is stuffy. Second, many antihistamines include dry mouth as a side effect. This condition increases your chances of developing cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. One of the main functions of saliva is that it washes away harmful bacteria. Which means, that a dry mouth is the perfect place for bacteria to multiply and create more cavities. Sore Throat
- an irritated sore throat is very common around this time of the year and tends to be caused by postnasal drip from allergies. This sore throat can cause bad breath, but since it originates in the throat, brushing your teeth won’t do much to help. So what should you do?
- Drink plenty of fluids. Not only can this counteract the effects of dry mouth, it can also help your body flush away the excess mucus. Gargle with Salt Water
- Dissolve a tablespoon of salt in a glass od warm water. The sale can help draw mucus out of your sinuses.
Treat Your Allergies
- Keeping a hold on your allergies can help to reduce impact on your mouth. Avoid known triggers that cause you to get allergies. You can also talk to your doctor about long-term treatment options, such as prescription medication or allergy shots. Keep Brushing and Flossing
- Allergies is no excuse to slack on brushing and flossing your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are especially important when you’re experiencing dry mouth, so make sure you’re brushing twice and flossing at least once a day. Talk to Your Dentist
- Continue going to scheduled dentist appointments. If you are experiencing tooth pain, talk with your dentist about it. Your dentist can help you figure out whether it’s allergy related or caused by other problems.
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