How a Cold or Flu can Affect Your Teeth and Oral Health

On average, adults can get two or three colds every year, and we are right in the middle of cold and flu season. When you’re ill, it’s important to look after yourself, but have you considered the potential impact on your oral health?

Dry Mouth Caused by Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion can cause dry mouth, and especially if you are taking decongestants and antihistamines. When your mouth is dry, your risk of gum disease and tooth decay is higher, plus it can make it harder to chew and swallow your food. Make sure you drink plenty of water and suck on sugar-free cough drops or throat lozenges to stimulate saliva flow. Using a humidifier in your bedroom can also help soothe a dry throat.

Sinus Pain and Tooth Pain

Your sinus cavities are just above your upper back teeth, and if you have sinusitis, it can create pressure causing toothache. Other symptoms include noticing a thick greenish or yellow mucus draining from the nose down your throat. You may also feel pain and pressure around your eyes, cheeks and nose. Over-the-counter medicines may help, but otherwise, see your doctor.