Teeth and Allergies

Allergies can mask the pain of toothache.

Despite the occasional colder temperatures we’ve experienced lately in the Yuba City area, spring is here. The trees are blooming and seasonal allergies are kicking in. Did you know that allergies can impact dental health?

All that nose blowing due to sinus irritation may cause pain similar to toothache. If you find that your allergy medication is not relieving pain symptoms, contact the Yuba City Dentistry Group to rule out a dental abscess or other condition. Allergies may also cause dry mouth. Why should allergies lead to dry mouth, or xerostomia? First, it’s easier to breathe through your mouth when your nose is stuffy, and that evaporates your saliva faster than your body makes it. Second, antihistamines also list dry mouth as a side effect. To prevent problems from dry mouth, such as bad breath and increased risk of cavities, chew sugarless gum to freshen breath and promote saliva production.
If you suffer from allergies, protect your dental health by following these other tips:

  • Gargle with warm salt water. Salt helps draw mucus out of your sinuses and reduces harmful bacteria in your mouth and throat.
  • Drink lots of water to reduce the effects of dry mouth and help your body get rid of excess mucus.
  • Continue to brush and floss every day. Regular brushing and flossing are especially important, allergies or not!
  • Treat your allergies to limit their impact on your dental health. Avoid known triggers as best as possible, and talk to your doctor about long-term treatment options with prescription medications.
  • Keep your scheduled dental appointments for good dental health year-round.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, contact our Yuba City family dentist today to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you figure out whether or not it’s allergy related and to make your mouth pain free.

Yuba City Dentistry
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