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How Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health



Posted on 4/10/2020 by Mark Bieber
How Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health When we hear the word allergies, we immediately think of symptoms such as, sneezing and itchy watery eyes. We don't often consider the fact that allergies can have an effect on our mouths, throats, and teeth. In our office, we often consider allergies as a possibility when dealing with certain oral health issues.

Dry Mouth, Toothache, And Bad Breath

If you have experienced seasonal allergies, then you have probably experienced dry mouth, toothaches, or bad breath. During allergy season, if you are affected, your sinuses are not your friend. They are congested. This congestion can cause us to be forced to breathe through our mouth, rather than our nose, therefore causing a dry mouth. Due to the congestion, allergy medicine may be used, which in itself is often very drying. Along with the congestion comes swollen sinuses. Your maxillary sinuses sit right on top of your jaw, which can lead to pressure on your teeth and the nerves in your mouth. Although it can feel like a cavity, the pain may be due to your allergies. Another symptom we may not realize is being caused by our allergies, is bad breath. No one wants bad breath. As the mucus from those plugged sinuses drains into your throat, it creates bacteria, which in turn, causes bad breath.

What Should I Do If I Am Experiencing Dry Mouth, Toothache, or Bad Breath?

When experiencing any of the three symptoms we've listed, we recommend you call our office to make an appointment to be seen and discuss options to rid of these uncomfortable side effects of allergies. It is best to rule out any other dental health issues before deciding on a treatment plan. Oral health symptoms can be a sign of something else, such as allergies, and should not be ignored.

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