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Are you aware of the effects cold and flu season can have on your oral health? Several illnesses can not only increase your risk of other oral health risks, but they can also cause you to alter your cleaning routines, which can include a breakup of your oral health care daily habits. However, even if you are sick, you will still need to continue cleaning your mouth.

Your mouth can often be at risk for several oral health care problems while you are sick. Not only can you be at an increased risk for toothaches and harmful acids in your mouth from throwing up, but you could also be at risk due to a lack of hydration or dry mouth. If you find yourself with a low amount of saliva or if you’re not getting enough liquids, you will need to make sure that you establish various hydration treatments to reverse the effects. If dry mouth is left untreated, it can increase your risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

Even with decreased energy levels, you will need to make sure that you are still brushing and flossing daily. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Do not brush your teeth after throwing up, but instead use a non-abrasive utensil such as mouthwash.

If you would like to have a comprehensive exam for your teeth and gums from our team at Texas Teeth, simply schedule an appointment with our team by calling 972- 270-5113. Our dental office is conveniently located in Mesquite, Texas. Dr. Scharla Collins and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!