Springtime brings rain, beautiful new flowers, and wonderful weather to enjoy the weekend outdoors. But it also brings seasonal allergies. Nasal allergies and drainage in the back of the throat are one of the contributing factors of bad breath. Many people begin to find themselves experiencing a bad taste in their mouth, or their children having bad breath.
When we’re congested, we tend to breathe out of our mouths rather than breathe through our noses. Mouth breathing dries out the mouth and alters the oral flora, allowing it to also have more odors, especially when drainage is present. Treating the congestion (or preventing it) is essential. This pressure can also create the illusion of toothaches in the upper teeth, due to swelling of the sinuses, which push on the roots of the nearby teeth.
To improve bad breath related to allergies, always be sure to brush the tongue as well as the insides of the cheeks and lips. Adding a drop or two of essential oils can also freshen the breath for several hours. Try to avoid using over the counter mouthrinses that contain alcohol, as these will only dry the mouth out and compound the problem. Also avoid mints, which contain sugar and can multiply the levels of bacteria in the mouth.
Everyone’s allergies come in different severities. Some people find that taking an over the counter antihistamine works fine for them, while other people prefer to use local honey, or may even have to get regular allergy shots. Whatever method you use, if the allergies persist, be sure to see your doctor for an opinion.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
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