The Flu and Your Oral Health

It’s the time of year that many of us dread, the cold and Flu season, and the last things we may think about are our teeth or gums during that time. As you reach for your next Kleenex, be aware that there are some things related to the Flu and colds that can affect your dental health, including:

1. Drink fluids to stay hydrated and prevent a dry mouth.

A dry mouth can easily create an environment that subjects us to cavities, as bacteria and acids are not washed away. A side effect of the Flu and colds can be a stuffed nose and sinuses. This causes us to breath through our mouths. Along with less production of saliva, cavities are much more apt to form.

2. Protect your teeth from bad stuff

If you suck on cough drops, be aware that many of them are full of sugar to make them taste good. Look for sugar-free drops as an alternative. Cough syrups are also full of sugar. If used, be sure to rinse your mouth with water after use, especially if retiring for the evening.

3. You can be very tired during this episode

However, now is not the time to be lazy concerning your dental health. It is even more important now to brush and floss. This may even prevent the further spread of diseases.