Did you know that your seasonal allergies could be the reason behind your toothache? Here are a few things to watch out for during allergy season!
Achy Molars – Have you ever woken up in the morning and wondered if you’ve been grinding your teeth? Your molars might be achy due to allergies instead. Congestion from your allergies can lead to sinus pain and a build up of mucus that can cause your molars to become inflamed. (Inflamed molars mean toothaches).
Dryness – Allergies mean that you’re probably sneezing and dripping like a leaky faucet. Your body’s extreme reaction is also causing you to lose water elsewhere. It’s important to drink as much water as you can to make sure that you don’t get dehydrated and your mouth stays wet enough to produce saliva.
Misdiagnosis of Other Ailments – Having a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and any additional allergy symptoms can mean that you’re neglecting proper care for your mouth or not able to notice any changes occurring. You may not notice that you have an infection or tooth decay and end up waiting too late to get treatment. Always be vigilant no matter how terrible your allergies feel because the last thing you need is to add more pain and suffering to your body!
Sore Throat (leading to tooth pain) – Constant mucous draining down your throat can cause it to get irritated, swollen and itchy. If you end up with an infection, the inflammation could travel upwards and reach your teeth and mouth.
Always take your allergy medications regularly to prevent your mucous levels from getting out of control. If you’re not comfortable taking medications, try drinking lukewarm honey water made from local honey at least once a day. You only need one tablespoon of honey for one cup of water. If your allergies are very severe, ask your doctor what other options you have.
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been educating and treating patients in the New Fairfield, CT area for over twenty-five years. If you have any pain or swelling in your mouth due to allergies or any other ailment, call our office at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.