Allergy season is a time of much misery for many sufferers. Pollen and grass allergies fill the air, cover our cars and outdoor furniture, and make it very difficult for us to breathe. Another way that allergies can affect you that you may not have thought about before is its toll on your oral health. Below we will look at three specific ways that allergies can adversely affect your oral health and what you can do.
If you have ever experienced a dry mouth and throat for any length of time, you know how uncomfortable it can be. A dry mouth leaves a dry, sticky feeling inside your mouth that no amount of water can seem to quench. Yet, more than just being uncomfortable, a dry mouth poses a severe threat to your oral health.
When the mouth is dry, oral bacteria will quickly cling to the teeth and harden into tartar. Tartar can only be removed at the dentist’s office using specific tools, and when it is not removed promptly, it can cause tooth decay and gum disease to developing in a very short amount of time. If you are experiencing prolong dry mouth from a stuffy nose that is causing you to breathe through your mouth, contact your dentist for ways to protect your smile.
As the sinuses fill up with excess mucus, they will put pressure on the facial structure. Many people suffer from sinus headaches, but they also fail to realize that the pain they feel in their upper molars is also from sinus pressure. Dental pain caused by allergies will often shift as you move your head from side to side and up and down. You can help alleviate pressure by lying flat on your back.
Postnasal drip is probably the most common cause of sore throat during allergy season. As mucus drips down the back of the throat, it irritates and inflames the throat. You can suck on sugar-free lozenges to help soothe your sore throat.
If allergies are making you miserable and you are suffering from dry mouth, dental pain, or a severe sore throat, contact Precision Digital Dentistry today. We can give you specific recommendations to help keep your smile healthy during this trying season.