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It’s important to understand all the risks associated with colds and the flu. Although you may often think about how the illness affects your overall health, you may fail to realize that an illness can negatively affect your oral health. It can leave you susceptible to several forms of dental damage and can increase your risk of dental erosion.

For starters, when you are sick, avoid any products that contain sugar. This is important as sugar in products like cough syrup and cough drops can remain on your teeth for a long time and be converted into acids. Those acids can cause dental erosion and cavities. You need to stay hydrated, but avoid sports drinks or tea with sugar. whenever possible. up

Even if you are suffering from an illness and have a decrease in energy, it is important to continue your daily oral health care routines such as brushing and flossing. However, if you find yourself vomiting, you should rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution and wait for 30 minutes to brush your teeth. Brushing immediately after vomiting can cause damage by spreading the acid from your stomach around your mouth.

For more information concerning dangers of poor oral hygiene, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dorsey W. Baker and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Glendale, Arizona, by calling 602-942-0623. Dorsey W. Baker is here to make your smile our first priority!