Spring is here and along with it the chance to get outside and enjoy some great weather! Although it may be inviting outside, the congestion and irritation caused by seasonal allergies may cause some to think twice before taking a walk in a grassy field or in a budding garden. But outside of exacerbating respiratory conditions, did you know allergies and asthma can also affect your dental health?
Dry Mouth & Your Dental Health
Asthma and allergies can cause dry mouth due to certain medications used to alleviate these conditions such as nasal decongestants and inhalers. Also, when airways get restricted, you are more apt to breathe through your mouth. As saliva is a natural way to help your body wash away harmful bacteria when your mouth is dry these cavity-causing bacteria linger and multiply. Asthma sufferers who use inhalers can also run the risk of throat irritation.
National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to consider these tips as the weather gets warmer and spring comes to life.
- Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated to help support your body’s natural production of saliva.
- Rinse – If you use an inhaler, rinse your mouth with water after use.
- Choose Your Drinks Wisely – Be mindful of enjoying too many sugary drinks and cool sweet treats as the weather warms up. By avoiding cavity-causers in general, you help support your dental health.
- Proactively Manage Your Allergy & Asthma – Effectively treating your allergies can help support better respiratory health and limit the need to breathe through your mouth, avoiding drying out your mouth.
- Maintain Good Dental Health – Keep your regularly scheduled dental appointments and brush and floss, as usual, to keep plaque at bay.
A few simple steps can help not only provide comfort but also avoid dental issues. If you have questions about your dental health related to allergies and asthma or are ready to schedule your next dental appointment, call our office today at (248) 852-3130.