Did You Realise Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Teeth?

Most of us welcome the spring, but those with allergies won’t look forward to sneezing, coughing and generally coping with a runny or heavily congested nose and itchy eyes. If that isn’t enough, the spring allergy season can affect oral health too.

Toothache

Allergies can affect your sinuses, causing them to become congested, and the mucus can press down on your upper back teeth. As a result, these teeth may begin to ache or will feel more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. If this sounds familiar, it’s worth taking antihistamines to treat your allergies and to see if your toothache disappears. Otherwise, come and see us here at Casey Dental in case you have an infected tooth.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a real problem for anyone with a blocked or runny nose and who must breathe through their mouth. Mouth breathing will quickly dry out your mouth, increasing your risk of dental problems that include tooth decay and gum disease. Also, antihistamines can cause dry mouth as a side-effect. To combat these problems, make sure you drink plenty of water, and you might want to try sucking sugar-free sweets or chewing sugar-free gum as this will stimulate your mouth to produce more saliva.

How Does Age Affect the Health of Your Teeth and Your Smile?

Not so long ago, ageing used to be associated with a full set of dentures, but this is a misconception as you don’t need to lose your teeth. Nowadays, it’s possible to maintain healthy teeth and gums for your entire life, provided you have a good oral care routine and a healthy lifestyle. Good oral health protects your overall health too.

However, your risk of developing dental issues does increase with age. It is more likely you will develop tooth decay or that your gums will recede, but these problems are frequently due to poor oral hygiene. Another problem is dry mouth, a condition which is often a side effect of medications. When your mouth is dry, bacteria and old food particles are less likely to be washed away, and it feels uncomfortable. The best way to cope with this problem is to drink plenty of water and to make sure you brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once-a-day.

We Can Help You Age with a Healthy Smile

When you visit Casey Dental, we can adjust your treatment plan to best suit your age and dental health. Our friendly team will offer lots of advice on how to cope with dry mouth and other problems like brushing and flossing when dexterity may be declining.

5 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Health

Spring is a time for getting rid of cobwebs and deep cleaning your home, but spring cleaning your health can be equally as important, and probably more enjoyable and rewarding. Follow our easy tips on how to feel healthier this spring.

  1. Buy local in-season produce as it is usually cheaper and tastier, you get the freshest fruits and veggies, and it helps the local economy. It is also a great chance to try out new recipes.
  2. Get up to date with your doctor’s and dentist appointments, so call us now to book your checkup and clean!
  3. Take your exercise regime outside and practice the Japanese art of forest bathing! Taking a walk in the woods has been shown to lower stress and blood pressure, and it boosts the immune system.
  4. Get rid of out of date medicines cluttering up your bathroom cabinet. Usually, local pharmacies will take old medicines and dispose of them safely and without harming the environment.
  5. Treat yourself to a new pair of workout shoes and especially if you like to run or jog. The average running shoes need replacing every 600 miles as they wear out and will no longer cushion your feet properly.