Sinus pain, sore throat, runny nose and dry mouth are some of the most common symptoms of allergies. Pollen, dust or other irritants can put the body’s immune system in a state of overactivity to protect you from these foreign particles. If you have allergies, it is important to realize that it can also affect your dental health. In this article, the Placerville Dental Group discusses how allergy symptoms aggravate dental conditions and how to protect your mouth if you are a allergy sufferer.
Sinus Pain and Pressure
When the sinus cavity fills up with mucous, it causes pain and pressure on your face, and pushes down on the roots of your upper molars. As this happens, some people experience tooth sensitivity. To get relief from tooth pain related to sinus pressure, take an antihistamine. If the pain goes away, it is likely related to your allergy. If it doesn’t, call our Placerville dentists for an appointment. Pressure and tooth pain in this case could be a symptom of decay or abscess.
Dry Mouth and Allergies
Dry mouth happens for two reasons when a person has allergies. First, stuffed up nasal passages lead to breathing through your mouth. Second, taking antihistamines may cause the side effect of dry mouth. Dry mouth unfortunately contributes to bad breath and an increased risk of developing gum disease and cavities. When using antihistamines, take extra care with your daily oral hygiene. Encourage saliva flow by chewing sugarless gum and staying well hydrated.
Treat Your Allergies and Support Your Oral Health
Talk to your doctor about the best way to treat your allergies. Simply ignoring them and living through the experience is never recommended. We also encourage our patients to tell us about any sensitivities or allergies to latex or certain metals. This allows us to give you the best treatment while taking extra precautions to avoid undue discomfort or symptoms due to your allergies.