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Did you know a common cold can impact your oral health? Well, it’s true. In fact, if you’re not careful, your smile could reap the consequences. So, it’s important to take good care of your mouth when you have a common cold. To help you, our dentist, Dr. Henry Bowman, is happy to explain more by telling you the things a cold can do to your mouth, which are:

-Cause tooth pain: The biggest sinus cavity on your face sits right above your upper jaw. When you have a sinus infection, that cavity fills with liquid. At this point, the liquid applies a high amount of pressure on the roots of the teeth. This causes a toothache. In addition, you also need to be aware of cavity development. Cough syrup is filled with sugar, so if you don’t clean your teeth and gums regularly when you have a cold and take this medicine, your chompers could suffer cavities.

-Cause bad breath: Having excess mucus is common when you have a cold. Because the excess mucus doesn’t have anywhere to go, it drips to the back of your mouth. There, it creates an environment that is very friendly to bacteria. The bacteria multiply and grow, causing bad breath. The best way to prevent this is by blowing your nose frequently and keeping your nasal passage clear.

-Cause dry mouth: Dry mouth is a common symptom of a cold because it’s tough to breathe through the nose when it’s so congested. So, you naturally breathe through the mouth. This dries up the saliva and makes the mouth dry. This can be a problem because saliva washes the mouth from bacteria frequently. So, make sure to sip on plenty of water throughout the day.

To learn more about the ways the common cold can affect your oral health in Houston, Texas, please contact Henry B. Bowman, DDS at 713-961-9894. Our dental team is excited to help you!