Having the flu or a cold can be devastating not only your physical health but also your oral health. This is because any illnesses are going to debilitate your daily routines and inhibit your ability to care for yourself properly. However, if at all possible, make sure you are taking the time to take care of your teeth as much as you can. This is because your teeth are often at an enhanced risk for oral ailments that can further weaken and deteriorate your mouth. Always implement an effective cleaning routine and make adjustments if you are feeling under the weather.
If you do find yourself coming down with a cold, exercise caution with products such as cough drops. Cough drops can be extremely hard, and you can often chip and crack your teeth if you’re not careful. In addition, cough drops are often loaded with sugars and can increase your risk of dental erosion. Thus, always make sure to only suck (not bite) on cough drops and purchase sugar-free versions. Furthermore, always make sure you are staying hydrated, so you avoid the risks associated with dry mouth.
Dry mouth is a condition in which your body is not producing enough saliva. It is sometimes caused by medications that we are taking as a side effect. Saliva is essential for keeping your smile safe. Do not forget that saliva production is equally important when you are sick. If you end up vomiting, harmful acids will travel up your esophagus and into your mouth and put you at an increased risk for dental erosion. However, saliva can help to wash away the debris in your mouth and neutralize any harmful acids therein.
Take your smile to the next level with oral health care during cold and flu season. If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a fantastic smile with our help, schedule an appointment with Family Dentistry at our dentist office in Lexington, Massachusetts by calling 781-863-8333. Dr. Thomas Puschak and the rest of our team look forward to helping you.