As the allergy season kicks off, it’s vital to prepare yourself if you are allergic to pollen and other unpleasant experiences that come with this time of year. A common question people ask our Sacramento dentist is whether the seasonal allergies cause toothaches. The answer is yes.
It might sound strange that seasonal allergies can affect your oral and dental health, but it is true. This makes it imperative to understand how allergens interact with your mouth and the precautions to prevent the problem.
Sacramento, California enjoys a mild winter that produces beautiful flowers in bloom, lush grasses and budding trees. But grasses and flowers mean more pollen in the air, which makes you more susceptible to allergies. When you have allergies, it’s common to have a runny nose, oozy eyes and sometimes toothache.
But what is the connection between seasonal allergies and dental problems? The answer lies in how your body reacts to allergens such as pollen. Not only do allergens impact your respiratory health, but they can also affect how your mouth feels.
How Seasonal Allergies Cause Toothaches
During the early winter and spring season, our dental professionals receive multitudes toothache complaints, especially from allergy sufferers. You might think it’s a tooth infection or cavity problem, but it’s most likely an allergy symptom that comes at this time of the year. Here’s how.
When you are exposed to allergens, your body produces more mucus as a defense mechanism. The increased mucus production causes congestion of the maxillary sinuses located under your cheekbones. Your sinus may also swell because of infection or inflammation, pressing against the roof of the mouth.
The swollen sinuses exert pressure on the nerves of the molars and premolars because they extend to the root tips of these teeth, causing pain. If you suddenly feel a toothache and you have a history of allergies during this period, please book an appointment with Eureka Dental Group for a proper diagnosis of the issue.
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergy-Induced Toothache
It’s essential to schedule a visit to your Sacramento area dentist if:
- You have localized toothache in the upper molars and premolars (back teeth)
- You experience the toothache after the allergy symptoms are gone
- You have a history of dental issues during this period
- Sensitivity to cold and tapping
- Pain when biting
If your toothache is related to seasonal allergies, you should feel relieved when you use anti-allergy medication that clears the sinus congestion. However, the problem may persist when the effect of the medicine wears off. In that case, it’s important to visit your dentist for a correct and timely diagnosis of the pain.
Seasonal allergies can cause respiratory and dental discomfort. Stay indoors when the pollen count is high and take precautions to reduce your exposure to pollen. Air purifiers and over-the-counter allergy drugs can also help manage the problem. Ask you family doctor before taking any OTC medication to make sure it is compatible with your body.
If you are not sure of the source of your toothache, make an appointment with your dentist today.