If you are one of the many people affected by seasonal allergies you are probably dreading a stuffy nose, sore throat and itchy eyes, but did you realise allergies can affect oral health?
Dry mouth is a frequent side-effect of mouth breathing and antihistamines. Unfortunately, when your mouth is drier, harmful bacteria can thrive, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Try to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and you might find it helpful to suck sugar-free sweets or chew sugar-free gum.
Mucus buildup in the sinuses can cause pressure on your upper back teeth, potentially causing aches and pains in these teeth and gums. Try using antihistamines and nasal decongestants to relieve the symptoms, but if they don’t disappear, come and see us. We can check to make sure your toothache isn’t caused by dental disease.
Breathing through your mouth combined with mucus dripping down your throat while you sleep can leave you with an irritated and sore throat. Post-nasal drip can also cause bad breath. Drinking plenty of water can help remove mucus buildup and try gargling with a warm salt-water rinse, which will draw out the mucus, relieving some symptoms.
If allergy season affects you, visit us for a checkup and preventative dental care.