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It’s just as important to take care of your body as it is your teeth when tackling an illness. Dental problems can occur if not taking care of properly, especially when a person is more focused on how they are feeling rather than their teeth. James Aldridge Jr. DDS wants to make sure you know how important it is to take care of your teeth with these problems and tips to take care of your teeth.

If you experience bacteria growth, tooth decay, or gum disease, it may be the result of dry mouth caused by congestion in the nose. Sometimes this congestion can lead to a sinus infection, which can cause pain in the higher, back teeth.

To help treat some of these symptoms, try using sugarless cough drops, drinking plenty of fluids (water, limited sports drinks due to high sugar content, and tea is another option but without sugar or lemon), and using different options to clear the pathway in your nose. Options include a nasal spray or decongestant, or even a humidifier in your home.

If you are vomiting, swish and spit your mouth out. Do this with water, a teaspoon of baking soda and water mixed, or mouthwash. Do not brush immediately after vomiting, which can spread stomach acid across your teeth.

Over-the-counter medicines are another great option to help with your symptoms. If these do not work to decrease your pain, however, talk to your doctor about antibiotics. Call our office at 304-523-3666 for a consultation here at James Aldridge Jr. DDS. Your smile and dental health are our priority here in Huntington, West Virginia, so call today!