This seems like a crazy question. Allergies don't have anything to do with oral health, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, if you suffer from poor oral health, you can suffer from allergies?
Also, if you are an allergy sufferer, you need to make sure you are taking good care of your teeth, How can this be? Keep reading, and we'll tell you how you can make sure your oral health isn't contributing to your allergies.
Poor Oral Health and Allergies
If you experience bleeding gums, swollen gums and irritated gums, even if you brush regularly, you may want to look at how your diet and oral health may be contributing to your allergies. You may want to first look at the amount of vitamin D you are getting in your diet. Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for your oral health. It promotes strong teeth and helps keep your tooth enamel healthy. If you are suffering from an increase in allergies, you may want to look at your vitamin D intake.
Some people with food allergies, especially to milk products, may be avoiding foods that contain vitamin D. You need to make sure that you are getting vitamin D into your body, either through other foods, or through supplements.
Many medical researchers have noted the link between poor oral health and allergies. They believe one of the causes of an increase in allergies is due to inflammation in your gums, which leads to an inflammatory response in the body. Vitamin D may actually cut down on the inflammation, and work to reduce the body's inflammatory response. This will not only make your gums and teeth healthier, but should reduce your allergic response.
Allergy Medicines Are Also a Cause for Attention
If you have allergies, you may also want to make sure that your allergy medicine is not contributing to your poor oral health. Be sure your mouth is not overly dry. If you regularly breathe through your mouth, or you take allergy medication, you need to be sure you are drinking plenty of water to keep your mouth hydrated. That way, bacteria are less likely to take up residence in your mouth.
We could love to talk to you if you have questions about allergies and oral health. Why not give us a call today?
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS