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Posted on 5/15/2016 by Dr. Call
|While spring is on the horizon, cold and flu season isn't quite over yet, so you'll still need to take precautions to keep yourself healthy. This includes protecting your mouth during this time of the year, and by following a few helpful steps, you can do just that.
It is important to stay hydrated for your overall health and for a healthy mouth. Drinking water throughout cold and flu season will keep your mouth hydrated while ensuring that your nasal passages stay clear.
When you have a cold, you will likely breathe through your mouth more often, causing dry mouth. This could increase your risk for developing cavities.
Replace Your Toothbrush after You Are Ill
While some studies have shown that it is unlikely for you to become re-infected after you are ill, toothbrushes have been shown to harbor bacteria.
Many people believe that it is better to be safe than sorry and to throw out their toothbrushes after they are sick. At the very least, make sure that your brush is kept away from the toothbrushes of your family members.
Brush Well if You Are Vomiting
If you have a stomach bug that causes vomiting, it is especially important to brush your teeth well. The stomach acid that enters your mouth can cause enamel erosion that could be detrimental to your teeth.
Consider the Side Effects of Medications
If you are taking medications for your cold or flu, make sure you know what the side effects can do for your oral health. Some can cause dry mouth, while other medications like cough syrup tend to be loaded with sugar in order to make them taste good.
Taking medicine while you are eating a meal can help to prevent sugar build-up on the teeth, or consider brushing your teeth or rinsing out your mouth with water in order to prevent the chance of damage.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about cold and flu seasons effect on your oral health.