The Dental Brigade and Cold and Flu Season

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To prevent damage to your teeth and gums from arising, always remember to continue cleaning your mouth as needed. This is especially important if you find yourself battling an illness. During cold and flu season, your teeth can often end up vulnerable to dental damage and decay. Thus, it is important to continue to employ effective cleaning routines even while you are sick.

If you find yourself with a lack of energy and motivation to clean out your mouth, try using easier to operate cleaning tools such as electric toothbrushes and water flossers. This can make cleaning your mouth easier, and less energy will need to be expended. Always remember to never share any cleaning utensils with anyone else and never use anyone else’s cleaning utensils. This is important to avoid contamination.

Exercise caution with lozenges or other hard products you may use for coughing. If you’re not careful, cough drops and other products can easily chip and crack your teeth. Furthermore, they are also often heavily loaded with sugars which can be converted into harmful acids in your mouth known to contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.

Stay hydrated at all times and make sure your mouth is producing enough saliva. If you find yourself throwing up, your teeth are at an increased risk of dental damage. Thus, make sure you clean out your mouth after you have to throw up with non-abrasive cleaning utensils. It is important to use non-abrasive products, as harmful acids make your teeth extra sensitive and prone to dental abrasion. This may mean avoiding brushes and toothpaste, and instead use mouthwash or another nonabrasive cleaning tool.

When you are ready to take the next step in your oral health care, contact us about oral health care during cold and flu season. Schedule an appointment with Barton Oaks Dental Group at our dentist office in Austin, Texas, by calling us at 512-327-6947. Drs. Nemeth, Grimm, Neeley, Bradley and Hayashi look forward to hearing from you.