It’s that time of year again where allergy suffers battle pollens and other allergens in the air. With allergy season in full swing, you’re likely dealing with a runny nose, itchy eyes, or even a sore throat. Unfortunately, the complications don’t end there. Did you know allergies can leave a lasting mark on your smile? Here’s how you can manage your symptoms while protecting your oral health.
Allergies and Your Dental Health
Your body can react to allergens in several ways. As you deal with flareups, it can indirectly lead to mouth problems. While your allergies won’t harm your teeth and gums, some antihistamines can have side effects that can increase your risk of dental problems, like dry mouth and tooth decay. Thankfully, there are several ways you can protect your smile until your symptoms subside.
If you suddenly develop a toothache, decay or infection may not be the culprit. Instead, your dental pain might be caused by sinus pressure. Inflammation in the nasal sinuses can result in dental pain. You can manage your discomfort by controlling nasal congestion and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. If the issue doesn’t improve, contact your dentist to ensure there isn’t another underlying problem.
Dry mouth and allergies often go hand in hand for several reasons, such as from antihistamines. Not to mention, nasal congestion can lead to mouth breathing that will make it dry. Either one can create the perfect environment for bad bacteria to thrive. Your saliva is necessary to cleanse your mouth from bacteria to lessen the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If your mouth isn’t moist, it’s important to stay hydrated. You can also chew a piece of sugarless gum to encourage saliva production. You will also lessen bad breath that often occurs from dry mouth.
Dust and pollen can cause your mucus production to go into overdrive. It can run down your throat, causing it to be sore. Coughing and tickling sensations can also irritate the sensitive tissues. Treating postnasal drip can stop your discomfort. You can also suck on a sugar-free throat lozenge to ease any pain.
Syrup allergy medications and certain throat lozenges contain sugar that can erode your enamel. If you also have dry mouth, your risk of tooth decay drastically increases. You can help prevent cavities by committing to your oral hygiene and choosing sugar-free medications.
Protect Your Smile from Allergies
Don’t let allergies negatively affect your smile. You have enough to worry about as you manage your allergy symptoms. A few simple changes can ensure a runny nose doesn’t cause lingering damage to your teeth and gums.
About Evergreen Dental Group
Evergreen Dental Group consists of a diverse team of dentists who are ready to help you achieve optimal oral health. Our modern dental practice uses the latest innovations in dentistry to promote healthy teeth and gums. If you have concerns about your dental health during allergy season, contact our office today.