During allergy season, dental health is the last thing on a person’s mind. They are more worried about their sniffling, leaking nose, congestion, etc. However, did you know that allergies can have an effect on your gums and teeth as well? Let’s see how:
When you immune system wages war on dust and pollen, a common symptom is sinus. Sinus occurs when the empty areas in your head fill up with mucus which leads to pain. The largest sinuses are the maxillary sinuses which are located above your mouth. There is a tendency for pressure to build in this cavity, at such a time it tends to push down on roots of the teeth located in the upper jaw. Apart from pain, you can also experience sensitivity to cold and hot drinks, shifting pain as you stand, lie down or sit.
If this is allergy related then antihistamines should provide relief. But if it continues even after your allergy symptoms subside or disappear then maybe it’s not allergy-related after all. Schedule an appoint to talk to your dentist. The pain can be triggered by decay.
You can get dry mouth when you have allergies. There are two causes – first, constantly breathing through your mouth when your nose is blocked and medications like antihistamines have side effects which consist of dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition which is not only uncomfortable but also increases the likelihood of developing bad breath, gum diseases and cavities. Saliva is what keeps bacteria at bay and this condition reduces the production of saliva and hence cavity-causing bacteria begin to multiply.
A sore throat
A common outcome of allergies is a sore throat. A sore throat causes bad breath and brushing won’t do you any good because the smell originates from the throat.
Here’s what you can do:
To keep your oral health in control, follow these tips:
Drinking plenty of water helps keep your body hydrated. Water helps counter the results of dry mouth and also assists in flushing away the extra mucus.
Salt water gargling
Salt water gargling helps draw the mucus from your sinuses which gives you relief. Additionally, the harmful bacteria in your throat and mouth is eliminated which reduces plaque and bad breath. All you need to do is dissolve a tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle this water and ensure that the water touches your throat too and after gargling, spit the leftover water out.
Treat your allergies
By having a control over your allergies, the effect on your mouth will lessen. Keep an arm’s length from recognized triggers and try to come up with long-term plans with your doctors and dentist.
Consult your dentist
If your allergies disappear but your tooth pain remains, maybe it’s time to visit the dentist. Have a thorough check-up which can help in finding out the cause of the tooth pain.
Carry out routine activities
Activities like brushing, flossing, rinsing your mouth etc. should not be neglected.
There you have it…
Even with allergies, it’s not difficult to stay on top of your oral game. The key is to remember you are at risk and protect yourself from difficulties which can arise in the future. With that, stay healthy!