To minimize the risk for dental damage, you need to have effective prevention plans in place throughout your life. One potential risk that most individuals will encounter is the increased dental risk associated with being sick. During cold and flu season, have a you should have a plan in place to protect your teeth and gums throughout the illness.
One of the biggest oral health risks associated with cold and flu season in terms is simple neglect of oral hygiene routines. If you are sick, you often place taking care of your teeth and gums much farther down on your priority list. To make matters worse, a decrease in energy levels can lower your motivation to brush and floss daily. However, you need to clean your teeth every single day. It may help to switch to tools that are easier to operate, such as a water flosser or electric toothbrush.
Another common oral health risk associated with cold and flu season comes from throwing up. When you vomit, stomach acids travel through your esophagus and into your mouth. These stomach acids can easily damage your teeth and gums and must be eliminated as soon as possible. To do so, rinse your mouth gently with a solution of water and baking soda, and wait for 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
Do you want to learn more about cold and flu season and its effect on your smile? If so, please call 785-783-6890 to schedule an appointment at our office in Topeka, Kansas for your oral health care needs. Dr. Bruce Speake and our expert team can save your smile with our help today!