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If you ever have the flu or a cold, you know how difficult it is to function properly. Even getting up and walking to the fridge for a drink can be an arduous process. However, it is important that you maintain your oral health care when you are sick. If left untreated, you can do severe dental damage to your teeth and gums and put your smile at an increased risk for numerous oral ailments including dental erosion and tooth decay. Furthermore, exercise caution with medicinal products you are taking as some of them can damage your teeth.

Often when individuals have a cold or the flu, they may end up getting nauseous and sick. If you do end up vomiting, do not brush your teeth immediately afterward. This is because stomach acids will travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. This will make your teeth extra sensitive and prone to dental abrasion. Instead, try using alternative cleaning methods such as mouthwash or even chewing sugarless gum to help produce additional saliva in your mouth. Saliva is naturally-produced in your mouth and designed to wash away debris that may be present.

If you’re using products such as cough drops, exercise caution and do not bite into them as chipping and cracking could occur. In addition, cough drops are often heavily laden with sugar, so instead, try to choose products that are sugar-free, as sugar can be converted into harmful acids in your mouth that promote the addition of dental erosion. Be sure to take care of your teeth in regard to your oral health care as well. This includes never using anyone else’s toothbrush or never sharing your toothbrush with anyone else. Always make sure you’re also eating a healthy diet to keep your mouth hydrated at all times.

Reverse poor oral hygiene with oral health care during cold and flu season. If you would like Dr. Brent D Pulley and our team at Desert Foothills Dental to bring you in for an oral exam, schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Phoenix, Arizona, by calling us at 480-460-1911.