Cold and flu season is on its way. Health disorders like the cold and flu can actually influence your oral health. The bacteria or virus that caused your illness can spread to your mouth and weaken its defenses. Here’s what you can do to fight back:
Vomiting causes acid to spread throughout your mouth and can wear away at your enamel. However, brushing won’t help; it will only spread the acid around further. If you have vomited, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. However, you can rinse your mouth out with a glass of water and a teaspoon of salt to clear out the unpleasant taste.
Drinking the right fluids can help treat colds and the flu. Keep in mind that you should avoid drinks with sugar for the sake of your dental health. Bacteria will turn sugar into acid in your mouth. Choose sugar-free Gatorade, herbal tea, and water. It’s important to stay hydrated as much as possible. Get your vitamin C from supplements, medicines, and real fruit instead of orange juice. Are you fond of cough drops? Look for the sugar-free versions.
Even though you are suffering from a cold or flu and may not feel like doing anything, remember to continue your daily oral health care routine, including brushing and flossing. Never share or use someone else’s toothbrush, as your risk for colds and the flu will increase.
If you have any questions, feel free to call Dr. Wagner, Dr. Heider, and our team at Ultimate Smile Dental. We can be reached at 954-566-5428. Our dentists and team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, look forward to helping you.