It's springtime! The birds are chirping, everything is getting green and flowers are beginning to bloom. As late spring and summer bring forth flowering plants, many people are suffering from seasonal hay fever and allergies. From itchy eyes to running noses and uncontrollable sneezing, many sufferers know the pains of this seasonal problem. According to dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych, allergies can also affect your dental wellbeing.
Following are some of the symptoms and what might be causing them.
Aching Teeth: Seasonal allergies can also result in pain in your teeth - usually in the molars - and can also lead to increased sensitivity to heat and cold. The sinuses in our head are located on either side of the nose and are meant to drain upward, which is difficult to do. The congestion in these sinuses leads to mucus buildup and that can plug the sinuses, which can in turn inflame your upper molars causing you toothaches.
Dry Mouth: Many of the seasonal allergy medications and the allergies themselves can make your mouth become extremely dry. This can affect your oral health because saliva has antibacterial enzymes, which are known to help prevent decay, and keep our breath smelling fresh. Your dentist Columbia warns that when your mouth becomes dry – resulting in a lack of saliva - you put yourself at risk.
Sore Throat: When your sinuses become congested, your throat can get sore as your sinuses start draining and dripping downward. The path that the mucus takes can lead to irritation of your throat, making it itchy, swollen, and painful. It can also cause tooth pain if left untreated.
May Hide More Severe Problems: A lot of these allergic reactions and symptoms that result in oral pain or discomfort can also be consistent with other more severe dental problems such as infections, gum disease, or tooth decay.
As beautiful as spring is, it can be very painful for allergy sufferers. If you’re one of those people, you don’t have to live with the pain. Call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today and let’s find out if your allergies are at the root of your dental pain!