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How Spring Allergies Affect Oral Health

Spring is here! And while it’s true that this is a beautiful time of year to get outside and enjoy the nice weather, if you suffer from allergies the spring months can be some of the hardest with regard to your allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, allergies not only cause issues like nasal congestion, headaches, and sore throats; they can also negatively impact your oral health. What follows are oral health conditions and symptoms that could be caused by springtime allergies.

  • Toothaches – A toothache is often the result of tooth decay or some other issue taking place with a particular tooth. But a toothache can also result from allergies. When mucus builds up in your sinuses, it can cause pressure in and around your molars. If your toothache isn’t directly connected to a specific tooth, it could be caused by allergies.
  • Dry mouth – Allergies can often make it difficult to breathe through your nose. That means your only alternative is to breathe through your mouth. That can result in dry mouth, and that in turn can lead to a reduced amount of saliva and an increase in tooth decay.
  • Cold sores – If you’re prone to getting cold sores, they can be more common during the spring and warm weather months, since exposure to sunlight can act as a trigger for the formation of a cold sore.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your mouth – and if you are also suffering from springtime allergies – remember that the two might be related. Just to be on the safe side, you should call your dentist if you’re not sure. Remember that a toothache can also indicate tooth decay or an infection that has spread to the pulp of the tooth, both of which are conditions that require the attention of your dentist. If you suffer from dry mouth, your dentist will be able to recommend a variety of treatment options as well.

For advice on how to treat springtime allergies, talk to your doctor. As you take steps to reduce your allergy symptoms, remember the importance of taking care of your oral health as well. The best way to do that is to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine at home by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. And remember to visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and oral exams. Taking care of your overall health and your oral health is the very best way to enjoy spring and all this season has to offer!