How Spring Allergies Can Affect Your Dental Health

osborne-dental-3-2016Spring is in full swing. With the full bloom of the flowers and the chirping of birds also come allergies. Airborne pollen, though, doesn’t just cause watery eyes and a sneezing fit. Spring allergies also affect dental health. This is why you should see a family dentist if you have allergies.

How Allergens Affect Your Teeth

A runny nose and nasal congestion are common allergy symptoms. Allergens especially affect the maxillary sinus cavity, which is located right at the root of the molars. When the sinus becomes congested, it can place undue pressure on the roots of the teeth. Nasal pressure also leads to mucus buildup that plugs the sinuses. This, in turn, can inflame the roots and gums around the molars, leading to achy pain. In addition, allergies can also make your teeth more sensitive to heat and cold. This is true even for those with dental implants.

Allergens and Dry Mouth

Allergies also cause dry mouth. A dry mouth means a lack of saliva flow. Saliva contains antibacterial enzymes that fight off gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, dry mouth can also cause ulcers or canker sores.

Temporary Solutions

If you typically suffer from allergies, then consider an air purifier for your home. You should also limit the time spent outdoors. You can also take an antihistamine and nasal decongestant to provide temporary relief. If symptoms persist, though, then you should see an allergist as well as a dentist if the allergy symptoms include toothache.

Visit a Dentist this Spring

An achy tooth can very well be caused by allergies. On the other hand, it can also be caused by an infection or be an early sign of tooth decay. Visit Silver Firs Dental to be certain of the root cause behind the pain. Our dentists can provide further tips on how to avoid springtime allergies that affects dental health.

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