Seasonal allergies can affect your oral health. Often people with allergies will suffer throat, mouth and even tooth discomfort due to sinus problems. When mucus builds up in your sinuses, it can create pressure on your teeth and nerves, causing toothache and sensitivity.
Issues with bad breath could be caused by untreated nasal congestion, and the resulting bacterial buildup can make your throat sore. When you cannot breathe easily, it encourages mouth breathing which can dry out your mouth. Also, dry mouth can be a side-effect to certain antihistamines prescribed to relieve nasal congestion.
To help prevent these problems follow these easy tips:
- Drinking plenty of water helps to avoid a dry mouth and washes away mucus buildup.
- Try gargling with salt water to draw mucus out of your sinuses. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
- Ensure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and that you floss once-a-day to reduce the impacts of dry mouth.
If allergies are a problem, talk to our friendly dental team as we can work with you to reduce the impact on your oral health.