Though antihistamines can affect the state of your teeth there are easy steps to take to mitigate this effect. You don't have to worry that allergy season will be followed by dental visits to get your tooth filled.
What Does Allergy Medicine Do?
Allergy medicine acts by blocking histamine, the chemical released to fight the invasion of pollen. Once released, histamine is what causes you to experience the itching, sneezing and congestion. These are the symptoms your allergy medicines are trying to relieve.
The problem is that when it starts blocking the receptors in your mouth, it also blocks the production of saliva. This is what causes dry mouth. When saliva is blocked, the substances that saliva carries to your teeth to fight the decay-causing bacteria can no longer be transported and your teeth suffer.
So, What Do You Do?
The next time you have to take allergy medication you can take very simple steps to counter the effect of the medication. First off you can drink more water, which you should do anyway if you have allergies. The water itself will help clean the teeth between meals.
The next thing you can do is to increase the fruits and vegetables that you eat. And when you choose a fruit or veggie to snack on you should stick to the fruits and veggies that are crunchy. Crunchy foods cause saliva to be produced and also naturally scrape your teeth during the abrasive chewing process. You can also chew sugarless gum, which also stimulates saliva production.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about allergy medication's effects on your smile.