Nobody likes to think about getting sick, but unfortunately, it’s that time of year and flu season is right around the corner.
We understand that when you feel lousy, the last thing you want to hear is a lecture about taking care of your teeth. But we want you to be prepared in case the flu bug finds you, so here are a few simple steps you can take that are pretty painless.
Stay Hydrated to Avoid Dry Mouth
Drinking lots of liquids aren't just good for flu symptoms; it also helps to prevent dry mouth. It’s not just uncomfortable, but dry mouth can also increase your risk for cavities and even periodontal disease. Staying hydrated with lots of water keeps saliva flowing, which washes away food particles and bacteria that can lead to decay.
Swish and Spit after Throwing Up
We know how gross your mouth feels after you throw up and that you may be tempted to brush your teeth to get rid of the taste. While brushing will make you feel better, it’s not that great for your teeth. When you throw up, stomach acids come into contact with your teeth and brushing just spreads the acid around on your teeth. The better choice is to swish and spit to refresh your mouth and protect your oral health.
Choose Sugar-Free Cough Drops
Sucking on a sugary cough drop may bring relief because it coats your throat. But cavity-causing bacteria on your teeth love to feed on sugar, so the longer you keep a cough drop in your mouth, the more you are damaging your teeth. Shop around and choose the sugar-free version instead.
Please Call Us for an Appointment
Tucson dentist Michael Allen and our team sincerely hope you stay well and don’t need these tips. But if you do get sick, at least you have a few pointers for protecting your oral health so you don’t develop problems in the future. Give Sabino Hills Family Dentistry a call today to schedule an appointment!