Posted on 10/10/2019 by Thomas Mahar
|Allergies are the result of an immune response when your body reacts to a food or foreign substance. While your oral health may not cause allergies, there are certainly ways that the two are connected. If you suffer from allergies, especially seasonal allergies, there are steps you'll want to take to keep your mouth healthy.
Allergies and Dry Mouth
When your allergies are acting up, your nose may feel runny or congested. To compensate, you may start to breathe through your mouth, which can easily dry out the oral tissues. To make matters worse, the antihistamines that you use to try and clear your nose can lead to dry mouth, too, and you may be left with gum disease and cavities. Stay well-hydrated and consider a saliva substitute when your allergies act up.
Allergies and Tooth Pain
Have you ever noticed that you experience toothaches when your allergies are bad? They may not be anything wrong with your teeth. When mucus accumulates in the sinuses, pressure builds, and this can put pressure onto the upper molars. This can lead to tooth pain and sensitivity, especially among your top teeth.
Allergies and Bad Breath
Bad breath is a result of the same bacteria that lead to gum disease and cavities. When your mouth doesn't have enough saliva due to dry mouth, there isn't enough liquid to flush bacteria out. Mucus can also lead to postnasal drip, and these issues allow bacteria to stimulate bad breath. You might get some relief by gargling with salt water, and a special toothpaste or mouthwash can also help.
If you suffer from allergies or any other medical condition, we want to know. This is the best way that we can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Call us today to set up your next appointment.