Did You Realise Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Teeth?

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.