How Can Hay Fever Affect Dental Health?

The allergy season is well underway, and many people have runny, stuffy noses and itchy eyes. If you are affected, your main concern may be how to cope with these side-effects, but hay fever can impact your teeth and gums.

Toothache

If you’ve developed a toothache in one of your upper back teeth, it could be related to sinus pain. Hay fever often causes a mucus buildup in the sinus cavities, and which are just over your upper back teeth. The mucus buildup can cause pressure that pushes down on tooth roots in this area, causing pain and sensitivity to hot and cold. If your toothache is allergy-related, it should be relieved with antihistamines, but if these don’t make any difference, come and see us here at Dentapex, so we can check to make sure your tooth pain isn’t an infection.

Dry Mouth

When you can’t breathe through your nose, it’s natural to breathe through your mouth, drying it out. Also, antihistamines often cause dry mouth as a side-effect. Dry mouth is uncomfortable and increases the risk of gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. Make sure you stay hydrated, drinking at least eight glasses of water each day, and ensure you brush and floss regularly to keep your mouth cleaner and fresher. Talk to your GP about possible solutions to treat your allergies.

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