A-choo: Seasonal allergies and your dental health

Spring has officially arrived which means longer days, warmer temperatures and every allergies sufferer’s favorite thing – pollen.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies then you know the pain that comes with all of the sneezing and constant sinus pressure. But, did you know seasonal allergies could also have an affect on your teeth causing tooth pain, a sore throat, and dry mouth?

Breathe through your nose. Easier said than done, right? We know it can be tough, but breathing through your mouth can lead to dry mouth creating the perfect place for cavity-causing bacteria to live.

Stay hydrated. Drink as much water as possible to stay hydrated and prevent dry mouth.

Don’t skip on brushing. We know it may not be the most comfortable thing, but it’s important to keep brushing and flossing regularly to stimulate saliva and wash away bacteria.

Try saltwater. Gargling with water mixed with a tablespoon of salt can help to draw mucus out and reduce harmful bacteria.

Come see us. If you are regularly experiencing pain due to allergies or tooth pain is impacting your day-to-day life, schedule an appointment to come to Jackson Dental. We will discuss your symptoms with you, do a thorough examination and help determine if your pain actually is due to seasonal allergies or if there is another problem.