Did You Know Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health?
Spring is here and that means that your allergies are in full swing. Though few know it, allergies really do impact your oral health. Let's take a look at exactly how your seasonal allergies can cause oral health problems.
Allergies can cause your sinuses to become congested, and a sore throat can be quick to follow. Sore throats often cause a swollen and painful toothache. Your teeth might even feel like they're itchy.
Allergic reactions can lead to a buildup in the sinuses and inflammation of the upper molars. The inevitable result is a highly concentrated pain in the tooth or gum area.The pain might linger until you obtain treatment from a dentist. Toothaches can last for hours or longer as your body's immune system combats allergies.
Allergies and even allergy medicines can dry out your mouth surprisingly quickly. A dry mouth doesn't create enough saliva to flush out undesirable bacteria and other food particles that cause tooth decay. Dry mouth also causes halitosis, a.k.a. bad breath.
Merely brushing and flossing your teeth is not always enough to prevent such oral health problems. Work with our dentist to find the appropriate dry mouth solution for you. Our dentist can also help you pinpoint the best means of eliminating bad breath as well.
Bigger Oral Health Problems
Allergies give people excuses to blame oral health problems on changes in the seasons and weather. All too often a patient will skip making a dental appointment and miss out on a professional diagnosis of an oral health problem that only becomes more and more severe over time.
You should never dismiss oral pain by simply blaming it on your allergies. Consider the possibility that your allergies might be highlighting a more serious problem. A comprehensive dental exam will help diagnose or rule out oral health issues.
Give Us a Call
If you've noticed a pain in your teeth or gums lately, give us a call today to set up an appointment with Dr. Wright. We'll take a look to determine whether your pain is being caused by an oral health issue or if it's just your allergies wreaking havoc.