Did you know that cold and flu season can have a devastating effect on your oral health? Cold and flu season is often marked by an illness that contributes to vomiting and other issues with your overall health. The biggest oral health risk associated with vomiting is that stomach acids travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. If left untreated, the acids can lead to dental erosion and gum disease.
As with all times of the season, it is important to establish effective oral hygiene routines while you’re sick. Although you may experience decreased energy levels, it is important to not neglect your oral health care. Continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day when you are sick. However, be aware that your cleaning tools may end up contaminated, so they may need to be replaced after an illness. Furthermore, be sure to stay fully hydrated, so that dry mouth does not set in. Similarly, improve your diet by staying sugar-free and avoiding substances that can potentially damage your teeth and gums. For instance, although cough drops are helpful for suppressing a cough, they can be heavily laden with sugars and even chip or crack your teeth if you bite into them incorrectly.
If you are ready to take the next step with your oral health care during cold and flu season, schedule an appointment with Sweet Spot Smiles at our dental office in Locust Grove, Georgia, by calling 770-285-2864. Dr. Linda King and the rest of our team look forward to keeping your smile safe all year long.