Although there are greater concerns with your health care when you have a cold or the flu, if you are not careful, your oral health can take a giant step back and suffer greatly. Even if you are sick, make sure you are still taking care of your smile.
Do you know how to avoid dental damage if you have a cold or the flu? Here are a few tips about oral health care during the cold and flu season:
– Do not brush your teeth immediately after being sick if you are vomiting, as your tooth enamel is exposed to the harmful acids in your stomach and brushing will only make it worse.
– Drinking essential fluids can help treat colds and the flu. For your oral health, you should always sidestep products that contain sugar.
– Stay hydrated and avoid foods or medications that can promote dry mouth symptoms.
– Never share or use some else’s toothbrush as the dangers of colds and the flu will increase.
– If you like to use cough drops, always look for sugar-free versions, as sugars will continue to damage your tooth enamel.
– Although it may be hard if you have a cold or flu, it is still important to continue your daily oral health care routines including brushing and flossing.
If you think you have bad oral hygiene, please call Taylor-Wagner Family Dentistry so we can get you in to see Dr. Bruce W. Taylor & Katy L. Wagner and our team as soon as possible. Our office is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and we can be reached at 870-201-8863. We look forward to hosting your smile!