Allergy season is in full swing. It is hard not to lament the yellow powder that covers everything this time of the year, and if you suffer from severe allergies – we feel for you! Allergy season is miserable in many ways, but while you are suffering through it, you mustn't neglect your oral health.
Allergies can affect the health of your entire mouth in different ways. Below are the most common oral health symptoms induced by allergies and what you can do about them.
If you notice that you are thirsty more frequently during allergy season, there is a good reason for it. Allergies can cause people to suffer from dry mouth. The most common reason is that people who have stuffy noses will breathe through their mouths. Another reason for dry mouth is that many allergy medicines contain antihistamines, which cause dry mouth as a side effect. A dry mouth can cause an increase in the chance of developing cavities and gum disease. You need to make sure that you are drinking at least eight 8-oz glasses of water a day to keep your mouth sufficiently hydrated.
A sore throat can be a real pain. During allergy season, most people battle congestion. As postnasal drip occurs, this constant dripping of mucus down the back of the throat will cause irritation and discomfort. Drinking cold water can help soothe the throat, and taking lozenges can help decrease your throat soreness.
Sinus pressure can build up throughout the sinus cavities. The nasal passageways and maxillary sinuses fill up with mucus, causing aches and pains in the face. When the sinuses are full, they will exert pressure on the upper teeth. Tooth pain can shift as you move your head from side to side and the mucus moves around in the sinuses. Lying flat on your back can help reduce the pressure and alleviate discomfort.
Allergy season is miserable for many different reasons. If you are concerned with how allergies are affecting your oral health, contact Montevallo Family Dentistry. We can help you find the relief you need while protecting your smile.
Posted on behalf of Montevallo Family Dentistry