It usually starts with a slight tickling in your throat; and the next day, you realize that you are down with the common cold, body ache, and sore throat. While it seems normal to load up on nasal decongestants and other medicines to relieve the symptoms of the cold, it is also important to understand how it affects your teeth, mouth, and throat.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that an adult can get two or three colds a year, which usually lasts for seven to ten days. Here are some ways a simple cold can affect your oral health:
● Toothache – You will probably experience toothache if you have a stuffy nose. While a sinus infection often brings an achy and uncomfortable feeling, it can also cause extra pressure that can hurt your teeth. When liquid fills the sinus cavity with fluid, it creates pressure down to the root of the teeth, causing toothache.
● Dry Mouth – Laying down in bed with a nasal congestion can force you to breathe through your mouth rather than the nose. However, using your mouth to breathe can make it dry. In addition, taking decongestants and antihistamine can also reduce the saliva production. Having a dry mouth can promote the growth of bacteria, which increases the potential risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
● Bad Breath – Watch out for any signs of bad breath if you have a runny nose. Excess mucus can leak at the back of your mouth, creating an environment where bacteria can easily multiply. This gives the discharge an unpleasant odour.
● Sore Throat – The common cold is a major contributor to a sore throat. While the symptoms present itself, it also comes with other symptoms, like cough, body aches, sneezing, fatigue, and runny nose.
How to Relieve a Cold-Induced Toothache:
- Take a long hot shower to help loosen up the mucus in your nasal cavity
- Eat spicy food to clear the sinuses
- Hum different notes to help you relax and reduce inflammation
- Use an extra pillow to prop up your head to help drain the sinuses
The moment you start feeling the symptoms of a cold, make sure to protect your teeth, mouth, and your overall oral health. Visit a Sarnia Dental Clinic for a regular dental checkup every six months. And of course, do not forget to continue practicing good oral hygiene, stay hydrated, take extra rest, avoid sugary foods, and enjoy some warm, delicious chicken soup.