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How Springtime Allergies Can Affect Teeth

Wednesday - August 10th, 2016
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Springtime brings warmer weather, outdoor fun, and colorful blooming flowers and trees. That also means allergies for approximately 58 million Americans.

What causes springtime allergies? The biggest trigger is pollen, which is released into the air by trees, grasses, and weeds. When pollen is inhaled, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive.

What are the symptoms? If you don’t already know, allergies usually bring itchy and watery eyes, itchy ears and nose, sneezing, congestion, and sinus pressure. Not fun!

Can they affect your teeth? Surprisingly, yes. The maxillary sinus cavities are the ones most likely to be affected by congestion and pressure during allergy season. These sinuses are located right at the root of your molars and premolars. If pressure and congestion builds up in the sinuses, it can put pressure on the roots of these teeth and can cause tooth pain.

What you can do: If you suffer from allergies, try to limit going outside on high pollen days. Also, you can try taking an allergy medication. Antihistamines and decongestants can start to provide relief within an hour. However, for more severe allergies, you many want to try a nasal spray. If toothache symptoms persist, make an appointment with your dentist.