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How often do you find yourself cleaning out your mouth when you are sick? Although this may seem like a strange question, the truth is that when you are suffering from a cold or flu, it is important to continue to focus on your oral health care. That is because a drop in your health will also lead to a drop in your oral health. To avoid exposure due to dental erosion and an increased rate of tooth decay, make sure you are continuing to clean your teeth during cold and flu season. Here are some helpful tips to remember:

– Always be sure to brush and floss every day with dental tools that are non-abrasive. This includes soft-bristled toothbrushes, non-abrasive toothpaste, and dental floss.
– Due to a heightened risk of dental abrasion after throwing up, it is important to use nonabrasive tools on your teeth to clean them. This can include mouthwash or chewing gum.
– Always make sure your mouth is hydrated, so dry mouth does not occur. To produce additional saliva in your mouth, try chewing sugarless gum. Saliva will help neutralize acids that may be in your mouth.
– Hydration remains one of the most important tools for fighting illness as well as fighting the risk for dry mouth, which can lead to an increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
– Be aware that cough drops and other lozenges that we used to help alleviate cold and flu symptoms can easily damage your tooth enamel if you are not careful. Exercise caution when biting into them or you may suffer chipped and cracked teeth.
– Stay completely sugar-free while you are sick, as sugars from several products can increase the rate at which numerous oral health risks can occur.

The time is right to receive tips for oral health care protection during cold and flu season in Lakeport, California. You are welcome to schedule an appointment at Paul Vartabedian, DDS by calling us at 707-263-1496. Dr. Paul Vartabedian and our team want you to learn all about the joys of proper oral hygiene.