The warmer weather is wonderful, but it also signals the start of allergy season. While some people suffer from allergies year-round, seasonal allergies typically occur in the spring and autumn and can cause a stuffy, congested nose, itchy eyes, and a sore throat. In the spring, most of these allergies are caused by trees and grass pollen, and mould can send out spores around the same time. The symptoms caused by allergies aren’t fun, but they can also affect oral health, most commonly by causing a condition called dry mouth.
When your nose is congested, it’s necessary to breathe through your mouth, drying up saliva which is the mouth’s first line of defence against tooth decay and gum disease. Also, antihistamines can cause dry mouth as a side-effect.
What to Do If You Are Affected by Allergies
If you are affected by allergies, make sure you drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free sweets to stimulate saliva production. If you can, stay indoors when it’s particularly dry and windy and when pollen levels are higher. Keep up with your regular brushing and flossing routine and come and see us. We can devise a preventative dental care plan designed to keep your mouth healthy during allergy season and beyond.