Spring is well underway, and that means allergies are impacting everyone. But allergies can give you more than itchy eyes or a persistent cough. Depending on the type of seasonal allergies you’re susceptible to, you might even have bad breath as an occasional symptom.

What do allergies have to do with bad breath?

If your allergies are giving you a stuffy nose, you might be breathing through your mouth more than usual. That can dry out your mouth; in fact, 44% of respondents to a Listerine survey reported having dry mouth during allergy season. Without your normal amounts of saliva, bacteria can grow in your mouth and start breaking down particles and debris that aren’t removed.

Just like with any illness or change in how you feel, allergies might also change your diet. This can change the smell of your breath or make you notice your breath more.

What can you do to reduce seasonal bad breath?

If you’re suffering from dry mouth, it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink water frequently, and eat foods with lots of moisture like apples. You should also make sure you brush your teeth regularly. This can help cut down on the buildup of bacteria that grows during the course of the day.

If you’re concerned about your bad breath and you think it’s more than just a side effect from allergies, go to see your dentist or doctor. They can look for underlying problems or illness that might have lined up with your allergies. They can also recommend the best toothpaste, mouthwash, or other products to keep bad breath at bay.

Allergies can be a headache, and they can also cause more symptoms than you first suspected. Go to Exquisite Smiles here for more tips on dealing with bad breath and to schedule an appointment.