Though we have successfully emerged from winter’s grasp to welcome the warm embrace of springtime, the change of seasons brings with it new challenges and precautions. And for the many of us susceptible to pollen allergies, spring can sometimes be just as much of a haul as winter.
Pollen allergies do more than induce red eyes, coughing and sneezing. Our body’s allergic reaction to pollen can also cause tooth pain.
How Does Pollen Cause Tooth Pain?
As pollen prompts the body to produce more mucus, nasal congestion intensifies, causing inflammation in the sinuses. Located on the roof of the mouth, sinuses distress the nerves of the teeth as congestion increases their swelling. Back molars especially suffer the distress of swollen sinuses. Some common symptoms of tooth pain caused by inflamed sinuses, include:
Sensitivity to cold
Pain when biting
Sensitivity to tapping
These symptoms can be irritating,painful and bothersome. But, there are some helpful tips to help you manage these side effects and push through the springtime with the comfortable smile you deserve. Take a look below:
How to prevent tooth pain caused by pollen
Decrease acid intake. High acid levels can make sinus infections/ allergic reactions worse. Try to remove highly acidic foods, such as olives, blueberries, and cranberries from your springtime diet, and replace them with alkaline ingredients, like bananas, onions, tomatoes and tangerines. Vitamin C supplements are also helpful.
Avoid inflammatories. Inflammatories like dairy and gluten can promote mucus production and thicken congestion. Thus, it is best practice to limit your intake of inflammatory foods during allergy season. You should instead maximize consumption of anti-inflammatories, such as most fruits and vegetables, as well as foods high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids like fish.
- Eat antioxidants! Most berries, nuts, or dark leafy greens are powerful antioxidants. Sweet potatoes, beans and fish are also great sources of antioxidant nutrition that will support your immune system’s reaction to allergens.
Housekeeping tips to minimize pollen exposure
Pollen, while a pesky appendage of spring, is still an important reproductive resource for botanical wildlife. Though it is unrealistic and detrimental to remove all pollen from our surroundings, there are ways to best repel pollen from your surroundings this spring.
Dust and sweep. It might seem trivial, but the old-fashioned practices are quite effective at containing pollen. Try to dust and sweep most areas of your garage and inside your house to ensure your home is a fortress against pollen build-up.
Shower at night. Pollen is dense in the air during the spring. Even going outside for a few minutes can attract pollen to your body and clothes. So be sure to shower thoroughly at night and wash your clothes often to remove pollen particles from your skin and your wardrobe.
- Clean your car. Cars are sometimes the best signs of pollen season, as our windshields turn powdery yellow whenever it’s in the air. Because of the common substantial pollen accumulation on our vehicles, it is best practice to clean your car often this spring, inside and out, as to prevent unnecessary pollen exposure in and around your car.
Contact Triad Cosmetic Dentistry today!
Make sure to temper your allergies and protect your teeth this spring by contacting the experienced professionals at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry! If you have questions about how allergic reactions are affecting your teeth, or just want to schedule an appointment, we are here for you and equipped to assist you with all your dental needs! We serve patients in High Point, Archdale, Winston Salem, Greensboro and surrounding NC areas!