It’s that time of year again–the time when sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses reign supreme.
If you experience seasonal allergies, you’re probably dreading the rising pollen levels that springtime brings. While you’re fighting itchy eyes, irritated sinuses and constant sneezing, however, your teeth are fighting another set of battles.
Did you know that seasonal allergies can affect your oral health? Let’s find out how.
Seasonal Allergies Can Cause Toothaches
One of the main symptoms of allergies is sinus irritation.
When your sinuses fill with mucus during an allergy attack, the pressure can push down on nerves of your upper molars, causing pain. This pain can be especially pronounced during movements, such as going down stairs or shifting your body to sit or lie down. Allergy-related tooth pain can also cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
Antihistamines can help alleviate tooth pain associated with allergies. However, if the pain persists even when your sinuses clear, you might need to see a dentist.
Seasonal Allergies Can Cause Dry Mouth
In the same way that allergies can cause sinus irritation, they can also cause sinus congestion. When your sinuses are congested, it’s difficult to breathe through your nostrils. This forces you to constantly breathe through your mouth.
Mouth breathing causes saliva production to decrease, leading to dry mouth. Mouth breathing also makes it nearly impossible for your mouth to regulate its pH. Unregulated acids and pH in the mouth are bad news; corrosive effects like tooth decay are not far behind.
Mouth breathing also allows a constant flow of bacteria into your mouth, which can also contribute to tooth decay and even cause bad breath.
Seasonal Allergies Can Cause Gum and Tonsil Swelling
Allergies are notorious for causing post-nasal drip. For many people, post-nasal drip can cause a sore throat and swollen tonsils, which–when combined with dry mouth and bacterial build-up–can also lead to swollen, sore gums.
Swollen gums can make it difficult to brush efficiently. You may also find that you get canker sores on the inside of your mouth from the mouth dryness and soreness that allergies can cause.
The best tip for fighting tooth issues caused by seasonal allergies? Make sure you’re treating your allergies efficiently and smartly. An allergist can help you formulate a game plan for getting ahead of your symptoms.
If you’re experiencing allergy-related tooth issues that won’t go away, it might be time to visit your dentist!
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