Quiz: Can A Common Cold Cause Cavities?

When we come down with something like the common cold, our focus shifts entirely to feeling better and getting back to our daily lives. Unfortunately, this can bring with it some amount of a negative impact to one’s oral health. When you’re feeling under the weather, your attention to dental hygiene may fall by the wayside and you might overlook some instances in which you could be making some better choices. For example, sipping on water to remain hydrated throughout the day is a much better decision than choosing juice (which promotes decay). Learn more with a quiz!

Quiz Questions: True or False?

  1. True or False: If you have a cold and you’re taking medication, such as a decongestant, that “dries you out,” a side effect may include dry mouth. This can promote cavity formation, which is bad for your oral health.
  2. True or False: If you catch the common cold, you are probably going to end up with tooth decay by the time it resolves.
  3. True or False: Even though you may not feel like brushing and flossing your teeth when you don’t feel well, it’s still extremely important that you do so to keep your oral health safe.

Quiz Answers

  1. True. Certain medicines that you choose to take might cause your mouth to become quite dry while you’re on them. Unfortunately, the decrease in saliva flow means bacteria are rinsed away less frequently. This opens the door for cavity development.
  2. False. When you go through an illness like the common cold, you may make some choices that contribute to the development of oral health issues like a cavity. However, simply becoming sick does not instantly cause or guarantee a cavity.
  3. True. We understand that standing in front of your sink for two minutes twice a day to brush feels like a burden when you’re sick. However, it’s still very important for plaque removal. If you’re on the fence, choose dental hygiene!


Our team offers our patients and their family access to comprehensive dental care, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.