Can Seasonal Allergies Hurt my Teeth?

The outdoor fun, flowers, trees, and warmer weather of the Spring and Summer are wonderful, but this time of year also means allergies for approximately 58 million Americans.

Springtime allergies are caused by pollen. As the biggest alergy trigger, released into the air by trees, grasses, and weeds, the problem begins when pollen in the air is inhales. This causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive. Dr. Ryan, a dentist in Murrray, says his pollen allergy has made it hard for him to come into the office on multiple occasions.

The most common symptoms of a pollen allergy are itchy/watery eyes, runny nose, skin rash, headache, sneezing, swelling, nausea and diarrhea. In fact, the most severe reaction can be life threatening, known as anaphylaxis.

Surprisingly, your allergies can affect your teeth. This is because the maxillary sinus cavities, the ones most likely to be affected by congestion and pressure during allergy season, are located right at the root of your molars and premolars. When pressure and congestion builds up in the sinuses, this swelling can put pressure on the roots of these teeth and can cause tooth pain.

If this happens to you...

  • Try to limit going outside on high pollen days.
  • Try taking an allergy medication. Antihistamines and decongestants can start to provide relief within an hour.
  • For more severe allergies, try a nasal spray.
  • If toothache symptoms persist, make an appointment with your dentist.

Platinum Dental Care specializes in helping patients deal with tooth pain. That's what a dentist does, after all! And, with the climate in Utah and blooming flowers, we understand that many patients are affected by these issues every year. If your allergies are affecting your teeth, do not hesitate to give Platinum Dental Care a call.

Dr. Johnson is a pediatric dentist in Riverton. He loves sports, especiallly jujitsu, judo, and boxing. As a dentist in Utah, he sees lots of patients with allergy-related tooth pain. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist, a dentist in Riverton, or just, "a dentist near me," give Platinum Dental Care a call and ask for an appointment with Dr. Johnson.

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