Spring is upon us (finally!) and so are seasonal allergies. These allergies are known to cause some oral health conditions that many may not realize. Let’s look at some symptoms seasonal allergies cause and ways to manage these oral health conditions.
Symptoms of Allergies
Sinus pressure often causes tooth pain, especially when the tooth’s roots are in close proximity to the sinuses. Temporary hot and cold sensitivity is also common. If pressure or pain persists, it is a good idea to have the teeth checked by a dentist to rule out actual nerve problems.
The use of antihistamines is the most common way to manage seasonal allergies. While these medications help dry up your sinuses, they also dry out your mouth. Drinking plenty of water is very important when dealing with dry mouth. Over the counter products such as Biotene are also helpful in managing dry mouth. Managing dry mouth is very important as dry mouth can lead to increased tooth decay.
Seasonal allergies cause mucus buildup in the sinuses. When this mucus drips down the back of the throat, it causes the perfect environment for bacteria. This bacteria is what causes bad breath (halitosis). Gargling with warm salt water helps break up the mucus caused by seasonal allergies.
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