13 Jun 2013

Your Teeth to Blame for Allergy Issues?

 Your Teeth to Blame for Allergy Issues?
By: Nora Hartfeil
Updated: June 12, 2013

Next time you're feeling under the weather, you may want to head to the dentist.
"Your oral health is so connected to your overall health", says Dr. Christie Leedy, of Abilene Dental.
Whether you're coughing, wheezing, or sneezing, the problem could be in your mouth, not your nose.
"The bacteria, if stirred up in your mouth, can also get down into your system, and into your lungs. That can cause less oxygen to get into your system", says Dr. Leedy.
Bacteria can break off of cavities, and once it hits the bloodstream, your immune system is officially under attack, often causing allergy-like symptoms.
But allergy medications may not help either.
"They are helping dry your sinuses but it will also dry up your mouth. And then you don't have good saliva to help wash the bacteria away. So it's just like this domino effect of one and then the other", explains Leedy.
So besides maintaining you're pearly whites, taking care of your oral hygiene could help you brush up on your overall health.
Doctor Leedy also tells us tooth decay and cavities can lead to much more serious health concerns like heart problems and high blood pressure.
The best way to prevent tooth decay is regular brushing, flossing and dental visits.


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