Oral Hygiene Maintenance
Facial paralysis may make it difficult to brush and floss properly, especially on the face's affected side. Therefore, it's essential to pay special attention to your oral hygiene if you're experiencing facial nerve damage. Some issues with the seventh cranial nerve may also affect saliva production and lead to dry mouth. Talk to your dentist about a rinse or other treatment that might help you if you're experiencing dry mouth.
It's also important to let your dentist know if you're experiencing facial paralysis or if you have in the past. With professional attention and a regular oral care routine of brushing twice a day and flossing daily, you can help ensure your mouth stays healthy while receiving treatment to address the nerve problem.
Now you know the 411 on your facial nerve anatomy. As we discussed, the facial nerve does a lot to help us with our facial expressions and taste. It's important, and if it becomes damaged, facial paralysis can occur, like Bell's Palsy. If you're experiencing any facial paralysis, contact your doctor right away. Also, stay connected with your dentist to ensure you're caring for your teeth in the best way possible as you treat your paralysis. It'll keep your smile healthy as you heal.