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Knowledge Foundation: Cold and Flu Season

Did you know that cold and flu season can potentially put your smile at an increased risk for dental problems? This is because people often begin to neglect their oral health as an illness begins to kick in. Even if your energy is very low, you still need to brush and floss. Also, you need to make sure that you are eliminate unhealthy substances and risks from your life at this time.

The most important way to care for your teeth and gums when you are sick is by continuing to clean your mouth, which includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day as well. If for any reason you are neglecting key oral health care routines, you will be putting your smile at an increased risk of several oral health ailments. To brush and floss easier, switch to tools such as electric toothbrushes and water flossers, which have been proven to be much easier to use even when you are sick.

Did you know that throwing up can cause damage to your teeth and gums? It’s true because stomach acids will travel up through your esophagus and into your mouth and make you further susceptible to dental erosion. However, you can combat this by rinsing your mouth with a solution of water and baking soda. Then, after waiting for 30 minutes, you can brush your teeth. You should also avoid cough syrups and cough drops that contain sugar, and if you drink tea to feel better, don’t add sugar or lemon.

Several oral health risks are associated with a failure to stay fully hydrated. Make sure that you continually drink plenty of water, not only to help recover from your illness but to keep your teeth and gums safe as well.

Are you in need of a dentist in Houston, Texas to help maintain your oral health care throughout the year? If so, our team at Hermann Park Smiles can assist you. Dr. Sharel Sly and our team can give you a complete oral examination to provide you with yearlong care. Our number is (713) 522-1717.

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