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Warning to hay fever sufferers that drugs taken to combat pollen misery can trigger little-known side effect that can ruin smiles

18 October 2023

Drugs taken to relieve hay fever symptoms could put your smile at risk, experts have warned.

Antihistamines are an essential part of a hay fever sufferer’s treatment kit during the spring and summer months.

But, as the high pollen season approaches, dentists have suggested relying on the once-a-day pills could have consequences for your pearly whites.

Dr Sulaman Anwar, a specialist periodontist who works across private clinics in London, told MailOnline: ‘If you suffer from allergies, you may not realise that they can also have an impact on your oral health.

‘If you’re one of the many people who regularly take allergy medication such as antihistamines, you may be familiar with dry mouth as a side effect.’

Dry mouth, or ‘xerostomia’, is when the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, and can be caused by a number of underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, or medications, especially heart, blood pressure and depression tablets.

Dr Anwar said: ‘When allergy medication decreases saliva production, it can leave your mouth more susceptible to harmful bacteria and tooth decay.

 

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