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Time, like a Runny Nose, Waits for No One

Posted by Fabio on Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

It’s safe to assume that none of us will be feeling our best if we have a runny nose, but not many people are aware that problems such as the common cold can also have an adverse effect on oral hygiene.

Regardless of whether we’re feeling a little worse for wear, or experiencing pain in our mouths, it’s important to get to the root of the problem as soon as possible.

Those who maintain regular check-ups with their dentist will be aware of any potential problems with teeth beforehand, making it easier to diagnose the problem.

The following information looks at how the symptoms between problems with teeth and viruses can be very similar.

How Nasal Congestion Can Affect the Mouth

Those that have suffered from nasal congestion will know only too well that it can leave us with an uncomfortable dry mouth.

Decongestants can also contribute towards dry mouth, although they can be necessary for the long run, so it can be worthwhile exploring some other avenues when it comes to dehydration.

A dry mouth means that there is a lack of saliva, which in turn means that the mouth becomes a bigger target for bacteria to can be harmful to both our teeth and our gums.

There’s never any harm in having a bottle of water to hand, and those that are really suffering may want to make use of a humidifier to ensure that there is more moisture present in the air.

Other Symptoms Associated with Teeth

Despite nasal congestion being a concern for oral health, there can be instances where dental issues are due to something else.

Of course, we should never assume when it comes to dental health, so if you are concerned that there’s an issue, ensure you contact your dentist as soon as possible.

However, if you find that toothache has only made itself present when you’ve not been feeling your best, then it could be due to sinus pain.

Because the upper rear teeth are close to sinuses, so it’s easy to mistake one form of pain for another.

There can be other signs to look out for, such as mucus from the nose and a reduced sense of smell and taste.

Many find that treating their cold also helps with the toothache they have been experiencing.

Generally, if the pain is felt in more than one tooth, then it would suggest a problem with the sinuses.

People are generally more concerned  when it comes to these types of symptoms if they’ve not been the dentist recently as it can be more difficult to determine what the cause is, especially if there are some tooth related problems.

If it’s been some time since you had a check-up, then now could be a good time.

Not only does a regular check-up ensures that your oral hygiene is the best it can be, it also ensures that you can distinguish as what the cause of your current discomfort is.

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