Spring has come around once again. You enjoy the warmer weather, but there is something that you are not looking forward to – allergies. You have already started to stock up on tissues and medicines in order to help you through the season once the big wave hits, but did you know that seasonal allergies have an effect on your oral health as well. Continue reading to learn more about seasonal allergies in Jacksonville, the oral health issues that it can cause, and some tips to help.
What Are Seasonal Allergies?
Most of the time, seasonal allergies come around about twice a year during the spring and fall moths. This is when the trees and grass pollinate leaving substances in the air that cause irritation to many people. For the majority, the biggest culprit is ragweed pollen, but other things, like mold and dust mites, can have similar effects during this time of the year.
What Are the Effects of Allergies on Oral Health?
Allergies can cause and contribute to dental issues. Here are some of the most common effects that allergies have on oral health:
- Dry mouth: If you have a stuffed-up nose, it is more difficult for you to breathe. This is especially the case if you like to exercise. Eventually, you will end up breathing through your mouth more and cause it to dry out. This puts you at higher risk for bad breath, cavities, and gingivitis.
- Tooth pain: Sinus pain is a frequent symptom of allergies because the sinus cavity can fill up with mucus. This causes aches and pains throughout the face and your mouth is no exception. Your sinuses are so close to your mouth, so it pushes down on the roots of your molars, therefore increasing tooth sensitivity.
- Sore throat: If you have post-nasal drip because of your allergies, this can cause you to develop a sore throat and bad breath.
What Can You Do to Keep Your Smile Healthy When You Have Allergies?
Here are a few tips that can help you to maintain excellent oral health while you are experiencing allergies:
- Drink water: Sip on water throughout the day to keep your body and mouth hydrated.
- Saltwater: In order to cut down on harmful bacteria in the mouth and draw mucus out of the sinuses, gargle with a mixture of warm water and a teaspoon of salt.
- Brush and floss: Keep up excellent oral hygiene during this time.
- See your doctor: If your allergies are severe, you might want to talk to your family doctor about possible solutions.
- See your dentist: For tooth pain or other oral health issues, schedule a visit with your dentist. This way, they can rule out any underlying problems other than your allergies.
Allergies shouldn’t be getting in the way of a healthy smile. By using the tips listed above and seeing your dentist, getting through the season will be a breeze!
About the Author
Dr. James L. Schumacher is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over 40 years. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Florida and is passionate about continuing education, which is why he is a Scholar of the prestigious L.D. Pankey Institute. Currently, he is a member of the American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (904) 388-3559.