Spring has officially sprung, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. From the blooming flowers to the smell of fresh-cut grass, spring is the season of new beginnings. But it’s also the season of allergies, which means itchy eyes and stuffy noses. While spring can be a happy time, for allergy sufferers, it can be annoying. Plus, allergies can also cause problems for your oral health and require a visit to your dentist in Portland.
Typically any sign of tooth pain should be a warning sign that it’s time to schedule a dental appointment. But during allergy season, it is possible that an allergy flare-up could cause tooth pain. How is this true? Well, thanks to the congestion that often goes hand in hand with allergies, the maxillary sinuses are full of pressure. This is what causes that stuffed-up, sometimes painful, feeling in the nose and areas of the face, including the molars. The roots and nerves of our back molars are located close to the maxillary sinuses, so when the sinuses are inflamed with too much pressure, we may be able to feel the result in our teeth. Either way, it’s always best to see your dentist in Portland if you’re experiencing any tooth pain.
The Problem with Stuffy Noses
In addition to tooth pain, there could be other unwanted oral side effects of allergies. Let’s start with one of the telltale signs of allergies – a stuffy nose. Our noses get stuffed up when our bodies produce too much mucus. Mucus is normal and necessary, but too much of it can block the nasal airways and make it difficult to breathe through the nose. Since we need oxygen, our bodies will automatically switch to breathing out of the mouth. Now, this may seem like no big deal, but your dentist in Portland knows just how much this can affect your oral health.
- How Mouth Breathing Affects Oral Health
We all need to breathe, so if your nose is stuffed up and you need to breathe out of your mouth, that’s ok. The problem with mouth breathing is when it’s done over a long period of time. Introducing the amount of air into the mouth during mouth breathing will quickly dry out salivary glands and make your mouth feel uncomfortably dry. A healthy mouth will produce saliva to rinse away bacteria and neutralize acids. Without it, cavities, bad breath, and even gum disease can thrive.
How to Treat Your Allergies
We understand the need to get relief during allergy season to stop the stuffiness, itchiness, and potential tooth pain. It may take some trial and error to find the best regime for you. Keep in mind, some allergy medications can also cause dry mouth. If you find a medicine that works for you but your mouth feels dry, your dentist in Portland has some tips.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day
- Use a humidifier in your home
- Chew sugar-free gum
- Use a lubricating mouthwash
Despite any allergy side effects that you may be feeling, we hope that you’re able to get outside and enjoy the beauty (and hopefully weather) that spring has to offer.