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Cold and flu season has come again, so it is important to continue to care for your teeth and gums as you always would. Oftentimes, individuals may find themselves neglecting their oral health care while they are battling an illness.

The first step you will need to take is to continue cleaning your mouth as normal. This includes employing effective oral hygiene routines such as brushing twice daily and flossing once-daily as well. If you are struggling to brush and floss your teeth due to a lack of energy, try to switch to easier to operate tools such as electric toothbrushes and water flossers. To prevent contamination, never share your toothbrush and never use anyone else’s toothbrush. As a general rule of thumb, replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick.

If you find yourself throwing up while battling an illness, stomach acids will travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. These stomach acids can slowly wear away your tooth enamel and also be the reason for dry mouth and gum disease. Thus, it is important to wash away any of these acids that may be present as soon as possible. However, harmful acids make your mouth susceptible to dental abrasion, so avoid abrasive cleaning utensils such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. Instead, try using alternative non-abrasive cleaning tools such as water flossers or mouthwash.

The best smiles begin with oral health care all year long, including when you are ill. If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Ellen Nam at our dentist office in Rowlett, Texas for oral health care during cold and flu season, please call us at 972-475-2321. Our team at Rodem Tree Dental want to get you back to smiling once more!