• 27 MAY 21
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    How Do Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Oral Health

    How Do Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Oral Health

    Allergy season is in full bloom, and the sneezing and coughing that comes with hay fever can also impact your teeth and gums. Sinus pain is a common symptom that your immune system is fighting to protect you from the onslaught of pollen and other maladies caused by allergies are more than inconvenient. These symptoms also increase the odds of developing cavities from dry mouth and its unpleasant companion –  bad breath.

    Sinus pressure that comes with hay fever not only affects your eyes and nose, it can also affect your teeth and gums. If you have a sudden toothache, seasonal allergies might be to blame. Antihistamines can relieve a toothache that is related to allergies, but if the pain persists, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS, and get to the “root” of the problem.

     

    Allergy Related Tooth Pain

    Some toothaches stem from sinus inflammation due to seasonal allergies. Symptoms are most commonly located in the upper molars, near your sinuses. As the pressure builds, it carries over to the roots of your teeth, making you feel as if you have a tooth infection.

    Allergies can also lead to increased sensitivity to heat and cold in the teeth. If you have been feeling toothache symptoms, such as pain on biting, or tapping, and throbbing sensations, these symptoms may just be imitating an infected tooth, when sinus pressure is actually the culprit. The pain with allergy related toothaches often shifts as you sit, stand or lie down. 

    Allergies are not the only things that cause pain in our teeth and mouths, so it’s important to make sure you don’t have a more serious issue, such as a tooth infection, gingivitis, or cavities. If the pain persists, make an appointment with Dr. Evanson to be on the safe side.

     

    Dry Mouth and Sore Throat

    Many allergy sufferers are afflicted with dry mouth and a sore throat due to medications used to treat the allergies. Dry mouth also occurs when your nasal passages are blocked and you’re forced to breathe through your mouth more than usual. Dry mouth and seasonal allergies often go hand in hand.

    Dry mouth for a short time isn’t likely to have long-lasting effects on your oral health, but if you have chronic allergies, it’s possible you’ll suffer from dry mouth for many years. This condition isn’t just uncomfortable, it also increases your chances of developing cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Saliva washes away harmful bacteria in your mouth, and the lack of saliva is the perfect breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria to multiply. 

    Allergy sufferers should:

    • Be vigilant about staying hydrated to help alleviate this symptom.
    • Brush your teeth twice a day when you’re experiencing dry mouth.
    • Chew sugar free gum to help keep your mouth hydrated.

     

    Treatment

    If the symptoms of your tooth pain are allergy-related, over the counter medications can be used for treatment. To eliminate the congestion that causes sinus pressure, decongestants, such as Claritin-D or antihistamines such as Claritin or Benadryl can bring relief and Flonase, a topical nasal spray, can eliminate the sinus pressure.

    If your toothache goes away after taking these treatments, it is likely allergy-related. However, if the pain continues, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Evanson to rule out a tooth related problem. Pain of any kind is difficult to live with, but tooth pain can be classified among the worst of the worst.

    Allergy related dental pain is not something you have to suffer with. Give us a call today at (720) 409-0008 or contact us online.

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