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How the Common Cold Can Impact Your Dental Health Canton, MS
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At Smilebuilders, Inc. in Canton, we often see patients who are surprised to learn that a common cold can have a direct impact on their dental health. While most of us are aware of the general discomforts of a cold, its effect on oral health is frequently overlooked. Here’s why the common cold might make you more susceptible to dental issues and what you can do about it.

1. Dry Mouth from Cold Medications

Many over-the-counter cold medications, including antihistamines, decongestants, and cough syrups, can lead to a dry mouth. Saliva plays a crucial role in your oral health. It helps wash away food particles, neutralize acids produced by bacteria, and provides disease-fighting substances throughout your mouth. When medication reduces saliva production, your mouth’s natural defense against cavities and gum disease diminishes. This can lead to an increased risk of dental issues like cavities and gingivitis.

2. Sugar in Cough Drops and Syrups

While cough drops and syrups are effective in soothing a sore throat and coughing, many of these products contain sugar. Frequent use of sugary cough drops is akin to sucking on candy – it coats your teeth in sugar, providing a feast for the bacteria that cause tooth decay. The longer these sugars remain in contact with your teeth, the greater the risk of developing cavities.

3. Skipping Oral Hygiene Routines

When you’re feeling under the weather with a cold, maintaining your regular oral hygiene routine might be the last thing on your mind. However, skipping brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup and worsen any existing dental issues. It’s important to muster the energy to at least brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, even when you’re feeling sick.

4. Acidic Beverages for Sore Throats

Many people turn to acidic beverages like orange juice or lemon tea for vitamin C when they have a cold. While these drinks might help boost your immune system, their acidity can erode tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay. It’s advisable to drink these acidic beverages in moderation and rinse your mouth with water afterward.

5. Dehydration and Reduced Water Intake

Dehydration is common during a cold, especially if it’s accompanied by a fever. Not drinking enough water can exacerbate dry mouth, further reducing saliva flow and its protective benefits for your teeth.

Preventive Measures and Tips

At Smilebuilders, Inc., we value the chance to help you keep your smile healthy – even when your body may not be at its best. Consider these tips for preventing oral health issues during a cold virus:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help counteract the effects of dry mouth caused by medications and dehydration.
  • Opt for Sugar-Free Cough Drops: Choose cough drops that are sugar-free to reduce the risk of cavities.
  • Maintain Oral Hygiene: Ensure you continue with your regular brushing and flossing routine.
  • Use Fluoride Mouthwash: A fluoride mouthwash can help protect your teeth if you’re drinking more acidic beverages than usual.
  • Visit Your Dentist: If you have concerns about your oral health during or after a cold, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cobbins at one of our Canton area locations.

While dealing with a cold, it’s essential to be mindful of these factors that can impact your dental health. At Smilebuilders, Inc., we are committed to helping you maintain optimal oral health, including the cold and flu season. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an integral part of your overall well-being.

Posted on behalf of SmileBuilders, INC.

1863 Highway 43 S
Canton, MS 39046

Phone: (601) 859-7050

FAX: (601) 859-7062

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