Sneezy, wheezy kid? It’s important to address allergies early on as a part of their dental health!
We all know and love the quintessential child with allergies — thick snot running down their face and a sneeze that travels at Usain Bolt speeds because they haven’t learned how to cover their mouths! Ahhh, allergies!
Some dentists make it a habit to check allergies in small patients, but why? What do allergies have to do with a child’s developing dental health?
With Dr. Mel A. Burchman, dental health is a goal for every patient small and large! From early orthodontics to dental bridges, we have a dental solution for you! To learn more about how allergies affect your child’s dental development, join us in today’s post.
How Allergies Impact a Child’s Dental Development
Sometimes this slips right past parents — allergies do play a role in your child’s dental health, but how? Not only do seasonal allergies affect them but also food allergies which can impact your child physically and in dental issues as they age.
Allergies are closely connected to digestion, diet, and their overall immune health.
Think about it for a second — chronically blocked sinuses inhibit nasal breathing, and this, over time, will change the shape of their mouth in addition to altering how their teeth grow in. So, blocked sinuses could not only result in mouth breathing but allows for teeth to grow in crooked — see the connection?
How do allergies manifest in children?
If children are sensitive to a specific allergen, be it tree or flower pollen or animal dander, their immune system will respond because it views the compound as harmful. The body then releases histamine to help protect the body and ward off the intruder.
When too many histamines are released, this causes a myriad of symptoms, and if it’s something that was breathed in, it will likely impact their eyes, nose, and lungs. If it is food, their GI tract and mouth are affected.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies in kids include:
- Mouth breathing
- Stuffy nose
- Blocked sinuses
- A narrow face
- Itchy and inflamed eyes
- Itchy skin
- Pressure behind the eyes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble paying attention in school
More on Crooked Teeth and Allergies
Have you ever noticed how many people have had braces growing up? It’s probably safe to say that the ones who didn’t are the odd people out!
Allergies aren’t the only cause for crooked teeth, but they do impact how teeth grow in. Kids who suffer from allergies are more likely to develop crooked teeth as they age.
Remember how a stuffy nose (allergic rhinitis) causes them to breathe through their mouths, affecting their facial structures? This shifts everything and gives teeth more of an opportunity to grow in crooked.
Preventing allergies and keeping their sinus pathways open and clear relieves improper breathing and may even be a way to better prevent braces.
It’s amazing what can be unpacked when we get to the root issues of health concerns and how addressing little things can have a big impact on our dental health and development.
There’s still more to cover, so stay tuned for part two!
In the meantime, schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning and to discuss more on allergies!