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Our Russel R. Jacinto, DMD team in Glendale, California, would like to share with you what happens to your mouth when you have a cold, and how you can protect your smile. Colds and flu will make you feel bad all over, but hard on your oral health as well. Let’s take a look!

-Sinus infections can show up from the bacterial infection stemming from either a cold or flu, giving you a toothache. Toothaches can arise as the fluid builds up in the biggest sinus cavity above your upper jaw, and presses down on your tooth roots.

-Post nasal drip develops as the excess mucus “drips” into the back of the mouth. When this happens, the bacterial rich environment from the mucus leaves you with very bad breath.

-As you may have already experienced with a cold, you can find yourself with a runny nose, a sore throat, coughing, and sneezing.

-If you have a stuffed-up nose, you will end up with dry mouth as you breathe from the mouth instead of the nose. Relying on antihistamines and decongestants can also dry out the oral passages. The problem with dry mouth is that it allows harmful bacteria and plaque to thrive because the mouth isn’t producing enough saliva to wash them away. To combat dry mouth, drink lots of fluids to fight the infection. You can drink soups and broths, herbal teas with honey and lemon, water, juices, and ginger ale.

Your oral hygiene is still crucial when you have a cold or flu. Brush and floss no matter how tired you may be. You can rinse harmful bacteria and soothe your throat by gargling with salt water in warm water several times a day. This helps fight plaque as well. You can, if you like, replace your toothbrush after an illness.

Having a cold or flu is hard on your smile, but you can navigate the illness while caring for your teeth and gums along the way. To learn more, or to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Russel R. Jacinto, please call 818-296-0185 today!