Is it really true that springtime allergies effect teeth and their well being?
Spring is definitely one of the most beautiful seasons, but for many people this season can turn into a real nightmare. When plants and trees start blooming, they release a huge amount of pollen in the air causing coughs and breathing difficulties in many people. Even though modern science has still not determined the direct cause of this problem, factors like genetics, polluted environment, viruses, bacteria and parasites, oversensitivity and psycho-somatic causes definitely affect this condition.
The symptoms of springtime allergic are similar to the symptoms of common cold. When we inhale the allergens, our immune system is activated and releases substances like histamine and other matters which lead to inflammatory process in the mucous membrane of the nose. The final result is irritation symptoms like sneezing, itching and nasal congestion. These are all well-known symptoms, but what is interesting is that the vast majority of people don’t know that these allergies can affect dental health too. In other words, the teeth and mouth are not spared when these allergies kick in.
The fact is that the teeth and sinuses are placed close to each other and the condition of one of these body parts can affect the other. Fungus, smoke, bacteria, pollen and other substances commonly found during springtime can lead to inflammation in the sinus cavities which ultimately leads to infection. If this sinusitis is not treated right away, it can spread to the nerves on your face and tooth roots. In most cases, the pain that comes as a result of sinusitis is present in the upper teeth (closer to the sinuses).
In addition, springtime allergies often result in dry mouth. In case you didn’t know, saliva is crucial for the dental and overall oral health. The saliva cleans the leftovers that move around our mouth and it can also neutralize some bacteria. Human saliva also provides strong antimicrobial effects, alkalizes the pH value in the mouth and supports the process of mineralization of compromised enamel. If the enamel on our teeth is damaged, we won’t have good protection against acidic effects from bacteria or food and our teeth will deteriorate over time. In cases like this, it is the best idea to increase water intake. Now let’s see what we can do in situations like this.
Although it is impossible to avoid the negative effects of springtime allergies on teeth, there are some things that each of us can do to minimize the damage and problems caused by these allergies. In case you are dealing with these allergies regularly, try to stay at home when there is high level of pollen in the air. In addition, look for natural remedies as well as pharmaceutical drugs and products that can help you cope with this problem. There are some decongestants and antihistamines that are able to provide help quickly. Experts advise the use of nasal sprays in cases of severe allergies. If the dental problems remain unchanged, it is the best idea to give your specialist a call here at Eureka Dental.