Dr. Gary Vander Vliet with Morning Mike: How Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health 

The High Tech Dentist, Dr. Gary Vander Vliet, stopped by the RNJ Morning Program on Friday. Right in the middle of allergy season, Dr. Gary had information on a very timely topic: How Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health. First of all, he noted that your sinuses are right above the roots for your upper teeth. As sinuses fill or become irritated, they may push down on the roots of your upper molars. You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold or experience pain that shifts as you sit, stand or lie down. You may also experience dry mouth, caused by breathing through your mouth, and by antihistamines. Post nasal drip could lead to a sore throat. 

Dr. Gary suggests a number of tips including staying hydrated with water (avoid sweetened drink), gargling with warm salt water, and treating your allergies. Talk to your doctor about various options.

He encouraged allergy sufferers to not give up on regular dental care, like brushing and flossing, even though they make be uncomfortable. And, if you are experiencing tooth pain, see your dentist. They can help determine whether it is an allergy or a tooth-related cause.

If you’d like more information, or have questions, Dr. Gary Vander Vliet would be happy to talk with you. Visit his website,, where you can submit a question, or call his office,  Advanced Dental Care of West Morris, at 908-852-8858.