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Dentists are Concerned About Allergy Season

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Spring is here!

Spring is here!

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the phone is ringing off the hook at the dentist’s office. Why? Because once the pollen starts flying and your nose starts running, you may suddenly be faced with a few dental problems, too. Certain parts of North Carolina (like Smithfield) are known to have the highest number of tree species and the most pollen activity if the nation.

As the layer of pollen builds up on your car, it’s likely that your allergy symptoms and a few dental problems will begin to build as well. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the most common dental problems which are likely to be brought on during allergy season:

  • Bad Breath: A runny nose can also cause postnasal drip, the drainage of mucus from the sinuses to the back of the throat, causing soreness, tickling, coughing—and bad breath. If you’ve noticed a tickling little cough that you can’t quite shake, you might also notice that your breath is a tad harder to control as well.
  • Dry Mouth: Allergy medications are notorious for drying out the mouth and even the eyes! Unfortunately, dry mouth is responsible for a wealth of dental problems, from bad breath to cavities. During this time, make a habit to drink more water, cut down on sugar, and mention your allergy medications to the dentist at your next visit.
  • Toothache: The upper sinus cavities are located right above the roots of your upper molars. When your allergies flare up and you feel congested, the pressure from those sinus cavities can begin to trigger pain in the upper molars also. It is often difficult to separate the pain of sinus inflammation from the pain of an actual toothache.

Dental problems can arise from any number of sources, including allergies. As spring in Smithfield approaches, contact a dentist for help.

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