April is here, which means it’s allergy season! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you probably spend a lot of time dealing with symptoms like itchy eyes, a runny nose, and endless sneezing. While these problems are frustrating on their own, many people don’t realize that they can negatively impact the health of your teeth and gums as well! Seasonal allergies won’t directly damage your oral health, but they can cause a host of issues that increases your risk of problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Read on to find out how allergies can lead to everything from toothaches to cavities and what you can do this time of year to keep your smile healthy!
Sinus Pressure & Toothaches
Have you ever found yourself with a toothache while dealing with sinus pressure? These are aptly called sinus toothaches, and they can be quite painful. Some of the sinuses rest close to the roots of your upper teeth, and if they become inflamed because of allergies, then the increased pressure can cause a toothache sensation.
Nasal Congestion & Cavities
Nasal congestion, including a stuffed-up or runny nose, is one of the most common symptoms of seasonal allergies. When it becomes more difficult to breathe through your nose, you’ll naturally begin to start breathing through your mouth. This dries your mouth out, making it easier for cavity-causing bacteria to accumulate on your teeth and burn through your enamel.
Allergy Medication & Gum Disease
A common relief for most people suffering from seasonal allergies are decongestants and antihistamines. While both are typically quite effective at combating nasal congestion, they frequently cause dry mouth as a side effect. As we mentioned above, a dry mouth encourages rapid bacteria buildup. Some of these bacteria can potentially attack and infect the gums, causing a common oral health condition called gum disease. While unassuming at first, this infection in the gums can progress to cause permanent jawbone damage and tooth loss.
Keeping Your Smile Healthy During Allergy Season
Unfortunately, it may be impossible to avoid seasonal allergies altogether. However, preventing them from harming your oral health is a much more doable task! To protect your smile during allergy season, make sure to:
- Drink lots of water all throughout the day
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash
- Brush for two minutes twice a day and floss daily
- Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy
- Sleep with a humidifier in your room.
Show spring your best smile! Knowing how seasonal allergies can influence your oral health and what to do about it can go a tremendously long way in preventing serious problems later in life.
About the Practice
Dulce Dental is proud to serve the families of Dallas and the surrounding communities with high-quality dental care and down-to-earth customer service. Their dedicated team of dentists is happy to provide the latest dental treatments and help their patients maintain excellent oral hygiene for life. Plus, with late and weekend appointments available, it’s never been more convenient to take care of your smile. To learn more, they can be contacted on their website or at (214) 337-0153.