Spring is the start of allergy season and all the misery of having a sore throat, tickly cough, stuffy nose and itchy eyes. As if this wasn’t bad enough, allergies can affect your dental health. Sinus pain is a very good example as the pressure in your sinuses can push down on your upper back teeth, potentially causing toothache. Other problems include dry mouth caused by mouth breathing, and it’s a side-effect often caused by antihistamines. Dry mouth increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Tips for Keeping Your Mouth Healthy During Allergy Season
- Drink plenty of water to reduce the impact of dry mouth.
- Gargle with warm salt water to help draw out the mucus from your sinuses.
- Try staying inside when the pollen count is high and keep your windows and doors closed.
- Clean out any air vents in your home as this will help to get rid of any pollen or other allergens trapped in them.
- See your doctor for allergy treatments that can help control the side-effects. Typical treatments include steroid nasal sprays, decongestants and antihistamines.
- Come and visit us if your tooth pain persists as it could be due to another reason such as a tooth infection.