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How the Common Cold Affects Your Dental Health
For some people, it may start as some irritation in the throat or their head feels like an elephant is sitting on it, and their dental health is the furthest thing from their mind. As the congestion builds up and their body begins having that heavy feeling, a person can typically tell that they are getting a cold. As they are loading up on decongestant medicine and getting ready to rest for a few days, many times people do not realize that a cold can affect their teeth as well.
In this article, we are going to look at and give an overview of how a common cold can affect a person and their overall health, including their teeth and oral health.
Common cold dental effects
Nasal congestion and saliva flow affect dental health
One thing that almost every common cold brings is nasal congestion. When this occurs, the person has trouble breathing out of their nose normally. Typically, they will begin breathing out of their mouth which can cause issues with the amount of saliva that a person has in their mouth.
Saliva is critical for helping to fend off bacteria growth and the formation of cavities. When there is a lack of saliva in a person's mouth, they may experience bad breath and trouble swallowing. The lack of saliva means that bacteria can more easily begin forming in the mouth, and if proper brushing and flossing do not occur, then cavities can quickly begin building.
Toothaches from sinus pain
One thing a person does not want is also to have a toothache happening at the same time as a cold. However, the ache could be related to the cold. Sometimes tooth pain happening on the upper teeth when a person is also suffering from a cold could indicate that there is a sinus infection. As the infection and inflamed sinuses push on other areas in the head, pain in one or more of the upper teeth could be felt.
The best thing to do is to visit the doctor and get the sinus infection handled. If the pain in the teeth continues, then it may be time to visit a dentist to check for any cavities or bacterial growth on or around the teeth.
How to avoid oral health issues during a cold?
One of the best things a person can do when they have a cold is rest and continue to drink lots of fluids. However, one thing that many people may forget about is their daily oral health routine. This is especially important when a person is suffering from a cold.
Brushing twice per day
Even during a cold, it is essential to clean the teeth two times per day. Because of the possible lack of saliva from congestion, keeping this daily habit and routine is vital.
Continuing to floss during a cold is also significant. Ensuring any food particles are being knocked loose and not having bacteria growth accumulate are crucial for keeping the mouth healthy during a cold.
Do you have more questions about how to keep your mouth healthy during a cold? Give our office a call, and we will gladly help guide you in maintaining both your body and dental health in the best way possible until you are over your common cold. Call us today!
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