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To help eliminate oral health risks from your life, regular routines are necessary. Even if you receive a professional cleaning every 6 months from your dentist, it doesn’t mean you will need to eliminate your brushing and flossing routines from your everyday life. You need to brush twice a day and floss once a day. You need to practice good oral healthcare even if you are sick. In fact, your teeth can be at risk when you are suffering from an illness such as the cold or the flu.

Cold and flu season is known for not only producing physical health risks but also oral health risks, which means that you should you be taking steps to recover, and making sure all your mouth is well protected during the illness, which includes continuing to clean your mouth as needed. If you are struggling to find the energy to brush and floss, you may want to switch to a water flosser or electric toothbrush, which often require minimal effort.

If you ever end up throwing up while you’re sick, it can increase your risk of dental erosion. Acid will travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. After throwing up, try washing out your mouth with a solution of water and salt or baking soda, and wait for 30 minutes before you brush. That will eliminate the  acids that would otherwise damage your teeth and gums. Furthermore, make sure that you are staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Are there any remaining questions you have about keeping your smile safe during an illness?  To improve your smile with year-long care, you are welcome to schedule a visit with our dentist in Fort Worth, Texas. If you would like Dr. Ray Snider and our team at Lake Country Dental to help you, please call our dental office at (817) 236-8771.