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Spring has sprung, but for many, this marks the beginning of seasonal allergies causing congestion, itchy and watery eyes, and sneezing. These can all make it impossible to enjoy a beautiful day fully, but did you realise seasonal allergies can impact oral health?

When you have allergies, it’s usually much easier to breathe through your mouth instead of through a congested and stuffy nose. Unfortunately, mouth breathing can quickly cause a condition called dry mouth, and this is often a side-effect of antihistamines. Dry mouth is uncomfortable and harmful because the drier environment allows cavity-causing bacteria to thrive. When you don’t have enough saliva, it can increase your risk of gum disease, cavities and bad breath. Staying well-hydrated can be helpful.

Often, people with seasonal allergies will have sinus pain, and this can cause tooth pain too. Usually, your sinuses are air-filled cavities just above your back teeth, but allergies can cause them to fill with mucus, pressing down on your upper back tooth roots and causing pain. If you are affected by tooth pain, it’s worth taking antihistamines to see if the pain disappears. Otherwise, toothache could be caused by a dental problem, and you should come and see us here at Mary Street Dental.

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