Posted .

Did you know that an illness can increase your risk of dental damage when you are suffering from a cold or the flu? As a cold and flu season continues to linger on, you may want to look for extra ways improve your oral health by eliminating risks associated with damage to your teeth and gums, which can include improving your oral hygiene care, limiting unhealthy habits in your lifestyle, and finding easier ways to keep your smile safe.

One of the biggest problems that people have if they’re suffering from an illness is decreased energy levels. However, this does not mean that you have to give up on your oral health care when you are sick. Instead, just look for easier ways to clean out your mouth, which may include using water fosters and electric toothbrushes, since they can be operated with minimal effort.

Oral health risks associated with an illness include dental erosion from vomiting. If you find yourself throwing up, acids from your stomach will be present in your mouth that can attack your tooth enamel. However, by trying to clean your mouth after you throw up, you may cause dental abrasion if you brush immediately after you are sick. Instead, you should rinse your mouth with a mixture of salt or baking soda and water. You can brush 30 minutes after you are sick.

Make sure to keep your mouth well hydrated when you’re sick to avoid risks associated with dry mouth. Make sure that your cough drops and cough syrups are sugar free, and if you have tea to feel better, you should avoid adding sugar or lemon.

Your smile and your oral health care can each receive a boost with treatments all year long. If you would like to visit our office in Carrollton, Texas, you can book an exam by calling us at 972-492-0411. Dr. Kurt Seidler and our entire team look forward to providing you with the oral health care you need.