Dare we say, spring is in full bloom!
Once the time change hits and the sun starts to shine, we see the same thing every year: spring allergies!
Allergies are very common as plants and trees begin to bloom. With those allergies come the over-the-counter allergy medications.
There is one thing you need to be aware of when it comes to allergy meds and your oral health.
Each spring we see patients with a lot more cavities.
Spring Allergies and Spring Cavities!
There is a condition called xerostomia; it’s also known as dry mouth and is a common side effect of most allergy medications. In order to stop the watery eyes and runny noses, antihistamines reduce saliva production.
Saliva is your body’s way of neutralizing the acid in your mouth. Saliva actually helps protect the enamel of your teeth. It’s important to have the correct balance of saliva in your mouth at all times. Allergy sufferers who experience dry mouth usually treat the the issue by sucking on hard candies or throat lozenges.
These hard candies are full of sugar! Sugar causes cavities!
What should you do instead? If you must suck on something, it’s best to choose sugar-free lozenges and candies to restore the natural moisture in your mouth. And it helps if you brush and floss often.
More Water, Please!
One other way to combat a dry mouth is to make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Not only will it help with your symptoms, but it will rinse the bacteria from your mouth. And, as an added bonus, it’s sugar-free with zero calories!
For more information on the different ways that water helps improve your overall health and your oral health, check out this blog post.
~Dr. Marea White