Allergy season is upon us! Did you know that it can affect your oral health? Your sinuses are closely connected to your throat, gums and teeth. This means that allergy symptoms affecting your sinuses also affect your oral health. If you fall victim to allergies every year, read on as Parkcrest Dental discusses the symptoms of allergies and how they can affect your oral health.
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Waking up with a sore throat during allergy season is an uncomfortable symptom of allergies caused by post-nasal drip. Mucus in your nose drips down into your throat while you sleep, leaving you with irritation and possible infection. Severe post-nasal drip may cause you to have chronic bad breath as well.
Drinking lots of water can help clear out the mucus in your throat, and gargling with salt water may help, too.
Allergy season can leave you with a scratchy throat or a dry mouth, no matter how many beverages you drink. Allergies can inhibit the saliva flow in your mouth, which makes it difficult for your body to get rid of lingering bacteria and food particles. Remaining bacteria can accumulate and eat away at your teeth, causing tooth decay or gum disease.
If you keep finding that your mouth is overly dry, get in the habit of drinking lots of water, so your mouth is hydrated throughout the day. Doing this until your saliva flow increases will ensure your mouth remains clean and bacteria is washed away.
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People who suffer from allergies tend to have mucus build-up in their sinuses. When your allergies start acting up, large amounts of pressure will begin to build up in your face and nose, which might mean pressure on your teeth. Intense pressure from allergies can cause aches and pains in your teeth and gums. Nasal decongestants and mild pain relief medication can relieve the pain as you wait for the allergies to subside.
Visit Parkcrest Dental
Allergy season can be rough on your oral health. Visit Parkcrest Dental Group for a check-up to make sure everything is going smoothly. Call us today 417-887-1220 to schedule an appointment with us. We’d be happy to see you.