When we think of allergies, we think of sneezing at blooming purple milkweeds, or not being able to eat a handful of Virginia peanuts.
Seldom do we consider allergies affecting routine activities – like going to the dentist.
Here are 3 allergies you may have that can affect you at the dentist:
Allergic reactions to latex can be as minor as skin irritability or as serious as an anaphylactic reaction. At an appointment, the main point of contact patients have with latex is with gloves, but latex can present itself all over the office. Surgical dental dams, tubing, rubber tips of equipment and even toys can expose patients to latex.
Because of the potential severity, disclose your allergy when you schedule your visit. You may need to seek out a latex-free environment.
If your ears have itched from wearing earrings or if a belt buckle has caused a belly rash, you may have sensitivity to nickel. From jewelry to cellphones, nickel is found in a variety of everyday objects, including some restorative dentistry.
Crowns, alloy fillings and implants can all contain nickel. If you’re concerned with your nickel sensitivity, speak to your dentist about alternative materials.
Giving up gluten is more than a diet trend. People don’t often think of gluten beyond bread and pasta, but gluten can exist in toothpaste, mouthwash, tooth polish and other dental items. People with gluten sensitivity may only experience mild discomfort, but those with celiac disease need to take special care. Be sure to ask your dentist about gluten-free options.
If you have any of the above allergies, find a dentist willing to work with you.