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Whether you believe it or not, your mouth can be affected when you’re sick with a cold. It’s true. This means you need to keep your oral health in mind when you’re blowing your nose and eating soup. In fact, it’s important to take good care of your oral health because a cold can cause:

Sore throat: The common cold is often associated with a cough, runny nose, and sore throat. A sore throat can be painful and inconvenient, so make sure to keep your throat moist and coated.

Dry mouth: Dry mouth is a common symptom of a cold. This is because it’s often necessary to constantly breathe through the mouth when the nose is too stuffy. To prevent this, make sure to drink plenty of liquids.

Toothaches: Toothaches are common symptoms of a cold if you have a sinus infection. This is the case because the largest sinus cavity is right above your upper jaw. When that cavity fills with liquid, it applies high amounts of pressure to the tooth roots, which often causes a toothache.

Bad breath: If you have a runny nose, beware of bad breath. Bad breath is common when you have a cold because the excess mucus tends to drop to the back of the throat, causing a moist and sticky environment. Then, the bacteria tend to gather there and multiply, often causing bad breath.

Call E. John Moreno, DMD today at 949-487-9220 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to take care of your smile while you’re sick in Aliso Viejo, California. Dr. John Moreno also encourages you to take care of your smile by keeping up on oral hygiene, getting plenty of rest, and drinking fluids regularly. We look forward to helping you!