Allergies and oral health

Allergies are often associated with sneezing, itching and congestion, but did you know they can also impact your oral health? It’s true — allergies can affect everything from saliva production to the health of your gums and teeth.  

Here are some ways to protect your smile during allergen season! 

Stay Hydrated 

Combat dry mouth by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Hydration helps maintain saliva production, which is essential for washing away food particles and neutralizing acids in the mouth. 

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits 

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and debris from between your teeth and along the gum line. You could also consider using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities. 

Avoid Trigger Foods 

If you have oral allergy syndrome, identify and avoid foods that trigger oral symptoms. Cooking or processing these foods may help reduce or eliminate allergic reactions. Some signs you may be allergic to a food include tingling and itching in the mouth, swollen lips and tongue, hives and stomach pain. It’s important to visit a doctor if you suspect you may have a food allergy. 

Use Saline Rinses 

Rinse your sinuses with a saline solution to alleviate congestion and reduce inflammation. This practice can help improve nasal breathing and alleviate pressure on the jaw and facial muscles. 

Consult Your Dentist 

If you’re experiencing oral health issues related to allergies, such as dry mouth or increased sensitivity, consult your dentist for personalized recommendations. They can provide guidance on managing symptoms and preventing oral complications associated with allergies. 

Taking care of your oral health is essential for overall well-being, so don’t let allergies get in the way of your beautiful smile! If it’s been a while since you visited the dentist call Jackson Dental at (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo., to get an appointment scheduled.