Published: 12/23/2015

Winter is the time for family get-togethers, holidays and cold weather. Unfortunately, it’s also typically known as cold and flu season, and most Americans will find themselves with one or the other during the winter months. While it may be all that you can do to get out of bed each morning, taking care of your teeth when you are ill is an essential part of getting and remaining healthy. We have three ways you can protect your teeth during the winter months when illness is unavoidable.

Don’t Let Up On Your Daily Routine

When your head is pounding and your stomach is rolling, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed and brush your teeth at night. This is also one of the most important steps to keeping your teeth healthy when you are sick – maintaining your regular oral health care routine.

Brush twice a day and floss once, preferably at bedtime. If you skip brushing for even a few days, tartar may build up and eat away at your teeth before you even know it.

Choose Sugar-Free Cold Medicine

When the cough won’t stop, but you’ve got to function in life, you may turn to a cough drop or syrup to help you get through the day. Many of these medicines are filled with sugar that is hard on your teeth. When you are at the pharmacy, opt for sugar-free cold medicines, or at least rinse your mouth out with water after taking one that has sugar in it.

Rinse Often

The unfortunate truth is that vomit is often a part of the flu. As stomach acid comes back up through your mouth, it can also eat away at your teeth and wear them down. After throwing up, the best thing to do is rinse your mouth out with water. When your teeth are already weakened by stomach acids, brush very gently, as the enamel is already weak and may be damaged by aggressive brushing.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

If you have tooth pain in Madison, WI, and worry about how a cold or flu will affect your oral health, call Dr. Stevens’s office today to schedule an appointment at 866-901-7009.

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