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Did you catch a cold or the flu? If so, it’s important to get a good amount of rest and keep your smile and oral health in mind. Whether you believe it or not, these illnesses can affect your teeth, throat, and mouth in a myriad of ways. A cold or flu can cause toothaches, enamel erosion, bad breath, and more. So, in order to take good care of your smile and oral health while you’re sick, our dental team at Simpson Dental Associates encourages you to do the following things:

Brush your teeth: Being sick can be extremely tiring, but that doesn’t mean you should forget to clean your smile. Please remember to brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time. This will eliminate the harmful bacteria from your teeth. If possible, please floss as well.

Drink plenty of fluids: Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to help your body recover. It’s also a great way to prevent dental issues like dry mouth. When you’re low in saliva, the bacteria in your mouth can attack your teeth and cause cavities, so make sure you drink plenty of water and juice and eat a lot of soup.

Rinse with salt water: A salt water rinse can help you by killing the bacteria and plaque in your mouth. So, try to swish with the mix for one minute at least once a day. You can make the rinse by putting a tablespoon of salt in a cup of warm water.

Take sugar-free medication: Many medications are doused in sugar to improve their taste. Even though this may be more convenient for you, it isn’t for your smile. The sugar can attack your teeth and create tooth decay. So, please stick to sugar-free medications.

Toss your toothbrush: When you have recovered from your sickness, don’t forget to throw your toothbrush away. This is vital because your toothbrush is infected with bacteria and germs that can attack your immune system once again. So, make sure to throw your brush away.

Doing these things will help you in more ways than you might realize. For more tips, details, and information, please call our office today and talk to Dr. Mark Simpson or a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we possibly can!