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Dr. Naman B. Patel and our dental team care about you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to take good care of your smile, especially when you have a cold. Whether you believe it or not, a cold can affect your smile in many ways. 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: 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.

This is why it’s important to take good care of your smile while you are sick. You can do so by keeping up on oral hygiene, drinking plenty of liquids, resting, and avoiding sugary medications. Also, please remember to throw out your toothbrush once you’ve recovered. You don’t want to brush your smile with an infected toothbrush.

For more information and details about how your smile can be affected when you have a cold in Gilbert, Arizona, please call Island Dental at 480-719-7941 and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you in every way we can!