The month of April is known for rainy days that contribute to beautifully blossoming flowers in May. As the precipitation falls, tree and grass pollens, pet dander and other allergens fill the air. This can cause allergies to flare-up, leaving people with itchy eyes, a runny nose and scratchy throat. To make matters worse, the allergens can cause oral health problems. Continue reading to learn about the many issues that can arise and what you can do to protect yourself!
One of the side effects of increased allergens in the air can be inflamed sinuses (referred to as sinusitis). It can cause a pain sensation that is similar to a toothache. One way to determine whether your tooth pain is related to a dental infection or a sinus problem is to tilt your head in different directions. Changes in the intensity of the pain relative to your head’s position can be an indicator of sinusitis. To be sure, visit your physician.
Tooth Pain Related to Dry Mouth
Another side effect of allergy season is that many people experience dry mouth. This is due to sinus problems that reduce the mouth’s natural production of saliva. As a result, people are left more susceptible to oral bacteria growth that can trigger tooth decay and pain.
There are two ways to offset this: to drink more water and brush and floss more frequently.
Increased Cavity Development Among Children
With more allergens in the air, children can be left more vulnerable to cavities. This is especially the case if a child has allergies. To be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to schedule a six-month visit during the spring season. Therefore, any signs of plaque development can be addressed before it forms a cavity.
How to Maintain Excellent Oral Health
While practicing consistent dental hygiene, maintaining regular dental visits and drinking more water are definite ways to fortify your oral health, here are some additional steps you can take:
- Reduce your sugar intake – Oral bacteria love sugar. The less you consume, the better you’re protected from tooth decay related to an allergic reaction.
- Keep doors and windows shut – As tempting as it may be to let the warm spring air blow through your home, it can cause an allergic reaction. To prevent a flare-up, keep your windows and doors shut.
- Use a nasal rinse – Using a saline solution to rinse your nasal passages helps to clear away any allergens that may become trapped and contribute to congestion and other issues. The typical use is two to three times a day.
- Eat vitamin C rich foods – Foods that are high in vitamin C contain antihistamines that help to prevent the inflammation associated with allergic reactions.
Spring is an amazing time of the year, where the sun begins to shine brighter and the days get longer. You shouldn’t have to spend your time dealing with oral health problems that ruin your enjoyment of the season. By taking heed to the information provided and visiting a dentist in Center, you can fully experience the bliss that awaits you!
About the Author
Dr. Thomas Youngblood earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. An avid learner, he has pursued the most advanced training available so he can stay abreast of the latest changes in dentistry. Dr. Youngblood is an Affiliate Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the East Texas Dental Society and other professional organizations. He offers preventive dentistry for patients of all ages at Family Dental Center of East Texas, and he can be reached for more information through his website.