It may be hard to believe, but some allergies can lead to several oral health issues. Therefore, if you suffer from an allergy, you should get treated for the problem. For example, if you have post-nasal drip, it can affect your dental health in more ways than one. The following information shows how allergies can also be a dental health issue.
What Allergies Can Trigger
If you have the post-nasal drip that comes from a seasonal allergy, it can make you feel pretty stuffy. When this happens, you are forced to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. Breathing through the mouth frequently leads to dry mouth – a condition that leads to dental decay. Because your saliva is not flowing readily, dental plaque can build up on the gums, between the teeth, and on the teeth's surfaces. In turn, the accumulation of bacteria breaks down enamel and causes decay.
Other Dental Problems
The post-nasal drip from a seasonal allergy can also lead to bad breath. Therefore, this allergy-related problem can also be considered a dental-associated issue. To treat your allergy, you need to schedule an appointment with an allergist. Get to the root of the problem first. That way, we can contact your doctor if your condition does not improve.
If you suffer from allergies, it is good to know how they can affect other parts of your life and health. You also have to be careful about taking certain allergy medications, as they can affect your oral health as well. Either way, you need to make sure you do everything you can to treat your allergy first. That way, you can better stay on top of your dental health needs. Give us a call if you need a dental consultation or would like to schedule a time for a cleaning and exam.
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