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Are your Allergies Affecting your Oral Health?

Posted on 5/25/2015 by Zac Bird

A woman suffering from seasonal Allergies.Allergies run rampant in the warmer months of the year and moving into the fall. They can make you feel miserable, but can also wreak havoc on your oral health. From oral pain to serious oral health issues, your allergies need to be controlled in order to minimize the damage that occurs. Medication and natural remedies can help to minimize the damage that results to your mouth. Here are just a few ways that your mouth is at risk.

Congested Sinuses
You might wonder how a stuffy nose, sneezy and painful sinuses can cause your teeth to hurt, but it is all connected. Some of your sinuses are located directly over your molars. When your allergies act up and the sinuses become inflamed, it puts pressure on your molars. This could mean that the roots of your teeth can become inflamed, causing pain in your mouth. Now you know that it is not a figment of your imagination when you think your mouth is aching during the misery of seasonal allergies - there is an actual reason!

Post Nasal Drip
Post nasal drip is another factor that many people with allergies have to handle. As the mucus drips down the back of your throat, it can begin to irritate it. Suddenly your throat hurts and you think that you are suffering from a cold, rather than allergies. It is typically allergies that are the problem and is a result of the excess mucus that has nowhere to go but down.

Unfortunately, most medications that you take for allergies contain an antihistamine. This medication is known to be very drying as it is meant to dry up the excess mucus in your body. The problem is that it does not only work on the mucus; it dries up everything else in your body, including your saliva. This saliva is paramount to proper oral health as it is what washes away the harmful particles from your mouth. Now you are not only suffering from allergies, but potential oral health issues, such as cavities and gum disease as well.

Care for your Oral Health

If your doctor prescribes allergy medication to make you more comfortable or even if you try to manage the allergies on your own, make sure to use the following tips to ensure your oral health does not suffer as a result.

•  Stay hydrated - Drinking plenty of water is essential for your oral and physical health. When you drink plenty, your body is able to flush away some of the mucus, which can alleviate some of the tooth pain you experience as well as minimize the dry mouth you experience, which has a direct impact on your oral health.
•  Brush your teeth - Make sure to brush your teeth often. If you are able, brush after every time that you eat. This is especially important if you are taking antihistamines which deplete your saliva production. The more proactive you are about the cleanliness of your mouth, the more able you will be to fight off tooth decay and gum disease.
•  Get regular checkups - If you suffer from allergies, come in for a checkup during your worst time with allergies. This will allow us to see if there are any issues occurring your mouth, such as pressure on your sinuses or excessively drive mouth. We can help provide you with tips and treatments to alleviate the pain and effects of your allergies.

Allergies are never fun to deal with, but when you manage them correctly, you can minimize their ill effects. If you are suffering from allergies, please call us for an appointment today so that we can see how we can help from a dental standpoint.

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