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Did you know the common cold can affect the mouth? Well, it’s true. In fact, it can affect the mouth so much that the teeth, gums, and smile can reap the consequences. To explain a little more, our dentist, Dr. Richard G. Goble, is happy to tell you how the cold can affect your mouth.

First, the cold can cause tooth pain. The largest sinus cavity on your face sits right above the upper jaw. When you have a sinus infection, that cavity fills with fluid, and that fluid applies pressure to the roots of the teeth. This can cause a toothache. Another way the cold can cause tooth pain is by promoting cavities. Liquid cough and cold medicine are filled with sugar, and if you don’t clean your smile after taking them, a cavity could form.

Second, the cold can cause bad breath. When you are sick, you often have excess mucus. Because the excess mucus doesn’t have anywhere to go, it drips to the back of your mouth. There, it creates an environment that oral bacteria love. The bacteria multiply and thrive, causing bad breath. The best way to prevent this is by blowing your nose frequently and slowing the drips to the back of the mouth as much as possible.

Third, the cold can cause dry mouth. This is because a stuffy or runny nose can make it tough to breathe through the nose. This makes you breathe through your mouth. As you do this, the mouth becomes dry, which can be dangerous for the smile because saliva washes bacteria away from the teeth and gums regularly, saving them from tooth decay and other dental issues. So, make sure to sip on water throughout the day and keep the mouth as wet as possible.

If you do what you can to take care of your mouth while you’re sick, there is a good chance you can maintain a top-notch oral health in Fallbrook, California. For more information and details, please reach out to Richard G. Goble, DDS at 760.728.2261 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is thrilled to give you the answers you’re looking for!