Now that the month of May is here, we can start enjoying warmer weather and more time in the sun. However, the spring time can be a headache for many as allergy season is also starting up. Some common symptoms of seasonal allergies include itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. There are also a few lesser known symptoms of seasonal allergies pertaining to your teeth and mouth.
Tooth pain can be a result of allergies. Elevated levels of pollen in the air result in sinus problems. Some common symptoms of sinus problems include swollen/infected sinus cavities, congestion, sneezing, drainage, headache, and bad breath. Additionally, because the maxillary sinus cavity rests above the top molars, its inflammation increases discomfort on facial nerves and tooth roots. Typically, the pain caused by the sinuses will be especially noticed on the upper teeth.
Another consequence of springtime allergies is the buildup of excess mucus. The body produces more mucus as a way to rid the body of allergens. However, this mucus production can cause postnasal drip as the congestion begins to travel down the back of your throat. Postnasal drip causes feelings of wanting to clear your throat and coughing that worsens during the nighttime. Sometimes, the excess mucus can cause throat pain and general throat irritation.
Lastly, allergies can lead to dry mouth. Proper saliva production is necessary to protect the insides of our mouths from cavity-causing bacteria and bad breath. Furthermore, many common allergy medicines can cause side effects of dry mouth as well. Therefor, It is crucial to stay hydrated by drinking water frequently.
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