Allergic rhinitis and dentistry. What you need to know

Dec. 18, 2020
Allergy season is peaking in many areas. How do the various treatments affect patients as well as dental professionals? From antihistamines to sprays, what should you watch for regarding oral and overall health?

There are many health and dental considerations when it comes to treating allergies. Think about dental professionals wearing N95 masks while suffering from allergies, or patients who develop xerostomia due to their allergy medication. 

While many allergies are year-round, this is also a peak time for seasonal sufferers. Pharmacist Tom Viola talks with Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz about what dentists can watch for in their patients who suffer from allergies, and what treatments they might recommend. For example, one nasal spray showing particular promise contains xylitol instead of a steroid. What are the dental considerations to watch for from the use of different allergy medications?

Listen to their enlightening discussion here and see how this information applies to your patients and staff.

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Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ and editorial co-director of Through the Loupes. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected]