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Why You Should Let Your Dentist Know About Your Allergies

When you visit the dentist, it may not cross your mind to mention any allergies that you suffer from. However, now’s the time to start. Today, your compassionate dentists at WhiteWing Dental in McAllen, TX, will illustrate exactly how your allergies affect your dental health. 

Oral Health And Your Allergies

Allergies can be a drag, and when dealing with dry mouth, sensitivity, tooth pain, sore throat, or mouth sores, it’s important to remember that these symptoms could be caused by an allergic reaction to food or medications. Letting your dentist know about any past allergies can help them determine whether your symptoms are from something you’re allergic to or something more serious. 

Many people are also unaware that hay fever, also known as rhinitis, can often cause dental issues like tooth pain and malocclusion (crooked teeth).

Symptoms of hay fever typically appear during childhood and include:

    • Runny nose
    • Itchy nose
    • Postnasal drip
    • Itchy eyes
    • Watery eyes
    • Redness of the eyes
    • Puffy eyes
    • Sore throat
    • Itchy ears
    • Sinus congestion and pain
    • Sinus pain
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue
    • Recurrent sinus infections

The good news is that malocclusion can be prevented when chronic nasal congestion is treated. 

When To Let Your Dentist Know About Your Allergies

As soon as you sit down for your initial dental visit, it is in your best interest to let your dentist know of any allergies that you are suffering from. If the allergy has been acquired over time, make this known before your dentist proceeds with any dental care. 

Common Sources of Allergies at Dental Offices

Although they may not seem common, some of the most common allergic reactions in dental offices are caused by:

    • The metal found in a metal crown
    • Latex 
    • The acrylates found in dental prosthetics 
    • Formaldehyde
    • Toothpaste

Because these products are commonly used in dental practice, it is highly recommended to include all allergies when filling out your dental forms. 

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction Caused by Dental Products

Symptoms of an allergic reaction that have been caused by dental care products, such as toothpaste or filling materials, include: 

    • Peeling and itching of the lips
    • Irritated tongue 
    • Swollen gums
    • Sores in the mouth

If you are allergic to these products, it is best to avoid them completely. Either way, if it is unavoidable, your dentist will more than likely give you a low-potency topical steroid to keep the allergic reaction under control. 

What If I’m Scared to Visit the Dentist Because of My Allergies?

It is suggested not to put off your dental visit due to a fear of having an allergic reaction. You can trust that our team of dental experts will offer different ways to treat those who suffer from allergies related to dental care.  

Don’t let your allergies stop you from your routine dental visit, stop by WhiteWing Dental. 

At WhiteWing Dental, we know that allergies can be a scary, frustrating thing. Let us help you have an allergy-free experience in our dental office.



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