Allergies can be a nuisance, and when it comes to dental allergies, they can be even more of a problem. From metals to latex, there are a variety of potential allergens that can cause reactions in the mouth. Fortunately, there are treatments available for those who suffer from dental allergies. Mild allergic reactions can often be treated with antihistamines or topical steroids.
Metals such as nickel, mercury, copper, and chromium can cause problems for some people, especially if they have piercings. These metals are often used in fillings and other types of dental treatments. Dental implant allergies are rare, as most implants are made of titanium. However, some people may be allergic to titanium and experience reactions.
In England, the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) recently asked dental offices to renew their emergency medical kits with adrenaline ampoules due to a shortage of supplies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, it is important to let your dentist know. The dental team should be aware of the importance of using latex-free products whenever possible for those with latex allergies. Latex is often found in standard exam gloves and can cause problems for those with allergies.
It is also important to consider the risk of allergy to natural rubber latex (NRL) contained in caps, gloves and protectors, as well as other dental materials. Health workers are more likely to have latex allergies than the general population, so it is important for all members of the dental team to be aware of this risk. High allergen levels can also damage your smile because seasonal allergies can directly affect your dental health. Chlorhexidine is an effective antiseptic that is widely used in dentistry and is present in several dental products, including some mouthwashes, toothpastes and dental implants.