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Did you know a cold can affect your mouth? Well, it’s true. It can affect your mouth as well as your throat. This is why you should care for your smile and oral health as much as possible when you’re sick with a cold. There are many ways a cold can affect your mouth. In fact, it can cause:

Toothaches: If you’re stuffy, there is a chance you might have a toothache. This is because a sinus infection can apply pressure to the sinus that sits right above your upper jaw. This pressure can press down on the roots of your teeth, causing a toothache.

Bad breath: If you have a runny nose, there is a chance the mucus could fall to the back of your mouth and cause a moist environment. This place is perfect for bacteria to live and grow. When they do so, it can cause bad breath.

Sore throat: A sore throat is a common symptom of a cold. This makes it uncomfortable to swallow, eat, and even speak.

Dry mouth: Because your nose is so stuffy, you usually resort to breathing through your mouth. This can make your mouth completely dry. It can worsen if you take antihistamines or decongestants. So, please remember to drink plenty of fluids to keep your mouth nice and wet.

Make sure you do all you can to get rid of the cold so your body and smile can return to the top-notch health you deserve. You can do so by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and keeping up on oral hygiene. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how a cold can affect your smile in New Bedford, Massachusetts, please call Creative Dental Group today at 508-990-9900. Dr. Purvesh Malaviya will be happy to help you!