Terrible Allergies in April? It’s Time to Protect Your Teeth

April 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 5:12 pm
Woman with allergies blowing her nose with tissue paper

April showers certainly do bring May flowers, but this time of the year is also dreaded by those affected by allergies. The coughing, sniffling, and sneezing is enough of a problem on their own, but did you know that your allergies can also have a negative impact on your teeth? Read on to learn more about this surprising connection as well as what you can do to stay healthy.

Why Do Your Allergies Flare Up in April?

While fall time allergies occur due to ragweed, mold spores, and dust mites, the main culprit of spring allergies is pollen. The flowers, trees, grasses, and other plants are releasing tiny grains of pollen into the air to help nature flourish during one of the most beautiful times of the year. That said, this pollen causes series irritation, especially when inhaled through the nose.

How Do Allergies Affect Your Oral Health?

It’s important to understand that allergies themselves don’t cause oral health issues, however their side effects and the medication you take to treat them do. One of the most common symptoms of allergies is dry mouth. It often occurs due to the antihistamines you take during a flare up. Because dry mouth decreases saliva flow, bacteria in the mouth are more likely to damage teeth and gums instead of getting washed away. Without normal saliva flow, your mouth is at risk of problems like cavities and gum disease.

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

The good news is that dry mouth and the oral health risks that come with it are preventable if you know the right steps to take. In addition to your normal brushing and flossing, try drinking lots of water throughout the day. This will stimulate saliva flow while washing away food debris. As an added bonus, most tap water contains fluoride, which is a natural cavity-fighting mineral.

If you struggle to drink water consistently, or you’re just in a bind, sugar-free gum is another item you can use to prevent dry mouth. Chewing gum stimulates your saliva flow and prevents bacteria from growing. As an extra measure, you can try sleeping with a humidifier to keep the air moist while you can’t drink water.

Don’t let your allergies get in the way of your healthy teeth! Remember these tips to enjoy the spring months with a smile.

About the Practice

At University Dental Professionals, we have a team of 7 dentists who combine their extensive experience and training to offer a wide variety of dental services for patients in Chicago. They understand that this time of the year can affect your overall and oral health, which is why they’re always ready with useful information and answers to your questions. They can be contacted through their website or by phone at (773) 684-5702.

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