Spring is in the air, and that means pollen is also in the air. The spring allergens bring an onslaught of sneezing, stuffy noses, and general unpleasantness to approximately 58 million Americans each year. But why does this happen, and can it affect your teeth?

What’s the Deal with Allergies?

al·ler·gy
ˈalərjē
noun
A damaging immune response by the body to a substance, especially pollen, fur, a particular food, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive.
The dictionary defines allergies as above. We might define allergies as “the annoying thing that doesn’t let me eat anything packaged within 100 miles of a peanut factory. Whatever your definition, allergies are not a fun experience for anyone involved.
An allergy is a process by which your bodies immune system incorrectly categorizes an external substance, such as pollen, fur, foods, or dust, and triggers an immune response. This might come in the form of the sniffles or sneezing, or your body might freak out and go into itchy, lumpy, swollen hard-to-breathe overdrive. Whichever camp you’re in, make sure you’ve got some meds handy.

Can Allergies Affect My Teeth?

And now to the titular question of this blog, and it’s surprising answer; Yes.

That’s right; allergies actually can affect your teeth. The maxillary sinus cavities are the ones most likely to be affected by an allergy, and guess where they reside. That’s right, at the roots of your molars and premolars. If the congestion builds up in those sinuses, then you could experience root and tooth pain as pressure is put on them. Not the most glamorous answer, nor one that is bound to surprise those who are convinced that allergies are out to get them.

What Can I do so Stop Them?

If you suffer from regular allergies, try to limit your time exposed to your particular allergen. If that means a little less outside time in the spring on high pollen days (which a website Wunderground can tell you all about), or spending less time where there is pet dander everywhere, then that might be your solution. You can also take allergy medications that have Antihistamines and decongestants, which can stop and maybe even prevent a reaction if taken appropriately.

Wrap Up

At the end of the day, allergies are not fun. Ever. If you continue to experience tooth pain related to allergies, don’t be afraid to reach out to us to get in the chair so we can have a look . We promise we won’t poke or prod too hard! Reach out us today if you have any other questions or concerns, and thanks for reading!