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Allergies and Oral Health

Did You Know Allergies Can Affect Oral Health?

As spring and warmer weather approach, many people are already suffering from seasonal allergies and dealing with sneezing, running noses and itchy eyes. Along with these unpleasant discomforts, allergies can also affect dental health. It’s important to know how certain allergy symptoms can lead to oral trouble so patients can seek treatment when necessary.

Sore throat

When sinuses become congested from allergies, a sore throat is common sinuses drain and mucus travels down the throat causing irritation. The throat can become swollen, painful and itchy and even lead to tooth discomfort without treatment.

Toothaches

Allergies may lead to pain in the teeth, usually the molars and can increase sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages. When a body reacts to allergies, it can create more tooth pain as the immune system tries to deal with congestion and other allergy issues. Located on either side of the nose, sinuses are designed to drain upward but as this is difficult to accomplish in daily life, the sinuses become congested, mucus builds up, and upper molars can become inflamed leading to toothaches.

Dry mouth

Seasonal allergy medicines both over the counter and prescribed tend to dry a person out as they seek to clear sinuses and remove mucus. Unfortunately, this can lead to dry mouth. When a mouth becomes extremely dry, it reduces saliva production and without enough saliva, the mouth can’t remove harmful bacteria and food particles that lead to decay. Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath. A patient suffering from dry mouth due to allergy medications should consult their dentist to find ways to improve saliva production.

Disguises bigger issues

Many symptoms and reactions from allergies that cause oral discomfort can have a connection to bigger dental issues such as tooth decay, infection and gum disease. Patients shouldn’t dismiss oral pain because they feel it’s due to allergies, they need to consult a dentist to make sure the allergies aren’t hiding something more serious. A thorough dental exam can help rule out or diagnose oral issues that require treatment and the dentist can also suggest ways to deal with allergy symptoms while keeping your mouth healthy.

If you’re suffering from allergies and it’s causing oral pain, it’s important to contact a dentist right away to avoid tooth or gum issues. Creative Dental can help keep your smile beautiful no matter what’s in bloom and wreaking allergy havoc this spring and summer.

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Cigars are bad for oral health

Cigars Pose Oral Health Risk

Tobacco use of any kind can be detrimental to overall and oral health, but for some reason in today’s popular culture, cigars have risen as a glamorous luxury promoted by celebrities, sports stars, clubs and even clothing stores. Cigar sales have continued their upward climb for over a decade now and what cigar connoisseurs may not realize is that cigars can be even more addictive and dangerous than smoking cigarettes. There’s nothing glamorous about a mouth and body damaged by tobacco use, so it’s important to know the facts before lighting up.

A growing habit for all ages

In the past, cigar smoking might have been a habit of older men, but today it’s becoming the habit of women and even teenagers. A study by the CDC found that 14% of high school students smoke cigars, and this may be an alarming discovery for parents. People who smoke cigars may believe they’re safer than cigarettes but in truth, cigars can have up 40 times as much tar and nicotine in them as there is in cigarettes.

Tobacco use and oral health

Dental professionals are at the forefront of protecting their patients from the damaging effects of tobacco use and addiction to nicotine that occurs from using cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and cigars. A dentist can screen for oral cancer in patients who use tobacco and suggest ways patients can find help quitting. Although cigars may be associated with upscale, wealthy people and seen as a sign of sophistication, they’re still harmful. When kids see adults smoking cigars and see that sense of superiority, they can feel the desire to try it themselves. People may think that smoking a cigar only occasionally is safe, but it still increases nicotine levels in the body that can lead to dependence. The tobacco carcinogens in cigars cause an increase in the risk of throat and mouth cancer just as cigarettes do.

Additional reasons to avoid cigars

Smoking cigars regularly or even only occasionally in a social setting may not seem like a big deal, but it is for overall and oral health. Regular cigar smokers may have chronic bad breath and suffer from badly stained teeth due to the tobacco and nicotine. Among men who smoke cigars, the cancer death rate is up to 40% higher than among non-smoking males. Undoubtedly, as cigar use continues to increase, additional alarming statistics will arise regarding women and teens smoking cigars.

If you use any tobacco products, it’s vital that you take good care of your oral health with proper oral hygiene and frequent visits to the dentist. Finding ways to quit tobacco use are even more beneficial to your overall and oral health. At Creative Dental, we want you to have a healthy smile and will work with you to address any oral health issues.

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