Unlike a common cold, the flu is caused by a virus that contaminates the airway tract located in your nose and throat. And according to dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych, symptoms of the flu can sometimes even cause pain in the teeth.
This week we thought we’d share some ways that the cold and flu can have a negative impact your dental health.
People typically drink more acidic beverages when they’re sick. Many people drink more orange juice and soda (ginger ale) when they’re feeling ill. You can diminish the effect of acidic drinks on your teeth by drinking them quickly and then immediately rinsing your mouth out with water when finished.
When you’re sick, people tend to neglect their teeth. When you’re sick, the only thing on your mind is getting better, not taking care of your teeth. But by taking just a few minutes each day to care for your teeth, you can prevent tartar buildup and the need to visit your dentist Columbia.
If your sinuses become inflamed, you can experience pain in your teeth and gums. Because the maxillary sinus is located right above your upper back teeth, if you get a cold and your sinuses become congested, your teeth and gums can become quite painful.
When you’re sick, your mouth can dry out. Your mouth dries out because you breathe through it more often when your nose is congested. Coughing also tends to dry out the mouth, allowing sugar to contribute to tooth decay.
Cold medicine can cause damage to your teeth. Cough syrup can adhere to your teeth and lead to cavities. Cough drops can also cause damage to your teeth, so your dentist Columbia suggests sticking to the sugar-free cough drops and you’ll be fine.
Vomit is acidic and can hurt your teeth. When you vomit, the contents of your stomach can dissolve your teeth. After vomiting, the best thing to do is to rinse your mouth out with water and brush your teeth to remove the acidic taste.
If you’ve been experiencing pain in your teeth, don’t hesitate! Call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule an appointment and let’s find out just what’s going on.