How Your Springtime Allergies Are Impacting Your Oral Health
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How are you adjusting to spring? This time of year can be a doozy when it comes to allergies. Our oral health has a fascinating connection with our sinuses, which happens to be the subject of today’s blog.
Allergies are the source that cause a multitude of oral health problems, such as toothaches, dry mouth and sore throats.
Many people experience toothaches during peak seasons for allergies like spring and fall. Mucus builds in the sinuses and adds pressure around the molars causing pain in the cheek area. Sinuses are “designed” to drain upward. When these passages become impacted it makes the body’s job more difficult.
When your airways are inhibited by stuffy noses, often times we default to breathing out of our mouths. Dry mouth affects the amount of saliva produced by the mouth. Increasing your daily intake of water, eating sugar free candy and gum can help improve saliva production which helps to flush out all the bad cavity and tooth decay causing bacteria.
Nasal congestion’s impact on the number of available airways can not only affect the mouth but also the throat. The cool air combined with the drainage from nasal passages can lead to throat irritation. A ritual of a soothing with hot beverages mixed with honey or a throat coating lozenge should do the trick.
Battling the sniffles caused by springtime allergens is no fun. Perhaps if we look at them as a rite of spring, we’ll be able to forget they ever happened once they’ve passed and we can get back to enjoying the wonderful weather!
If you’re experiencing these issues, don’t discredit your oral pain for allergies. We recommend speaking with your dentist. It’s better to be safe than sorry.