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Should You Keep Your Dentist Appointment or Stay Away?

Spring is headed our way, along with hay fever, allergies, and occasionally even that last winter cold. If you are due for your six-month dental checkup but have come down with the sniffles, how do you know whether or not it’s best to skip your dentist appointment?

Knowing the difference between an allergy and a cold can be tricky,says Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans. When you are in doubt, it’s best to wait it out, and reschedule for another date. But make sure that you do see the dentist when you are feeling better because we know that oral health is critical to a person’s overall health.

Here is a guise from :DentalPlans to help differentiate allergies versus a cold.

Just sneezes all the time shouldn’t really matter. If sudden sneezing is your only symptom, or if all of these symptoms –sneezing, coughing, itching, and runny nose — come on simultaneously (minus a fever) chances are you are dealing with allergies. Allergies are not contagious.

Fever and stomachaches mean you should put on the brakes. Allergies alone do not cause a spike in body temperature, so if your temperature is elevated, it is best to see your doctor first and see the dentist when you feel better. The same holds true for stomachaches.

Viruses mean you should stay in the bed. If you have come into contact with several people that have been feeling ill and you are now sick, it may best to stay home and reschedule your appointment. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, viruses, like influenza are highly contagious. Most people improve within a week, but for elderly people, infants and children, and people with some chronic diseases, influenza can be life threatening. In the United States, more than 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations are related to seasonal influenza each year.”

Sinus Infection? A more complicated decision. A sinus infection occurs when bacteria grows in the fluid that is trapped in one or more of your sinus cavities. According to The Academy of General Dentistry, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), sinus or ear infections and tension in the facial muscles can cause discomfort that resembles a toothache, but often these health problems are accompanied by a headache. If your dentist suspects that a medical illness could be the cause of your toothache, he or she may refer you to a physician.

It is important that your primary care doctor and dentist collaborate on your care if you have a sinus infection and your oral health is involved. Call your dentist’s  office before your appointment to see what they recommend.

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