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If you find yourself suffering from a cold or the flu, you may be putting your smile in harm’s way of several oral health risks.

If you are sick, make sure you are continuing to clean your mouth and teeth. Oftentimes, you may begin to neglect your oral health care when you are sick, which is a bad idea because it will put your teeth at an increased risk for several forms of oral health ailments. Even if your energy levels are low, you can switch to easier-to-operate tools to clean your teeth, which may include electric toothbrushes and water flossers. These tools have been proven to be easier to operate than traditional cleaning utensils.

If you find yourself getting sick and throwing up, the acid content in your mouth will increase from the acid in your stomach. When this happens, you should rinse your mouth with a solution of water and baking soda, and then wait for 30 minutes before you brush. That will give the saliva in your mouth time to neutralize those acids. If you use cough drops or cough syrup, try the sugar-free variety. And if you drink tea to help yourself feel better, avoid using sugar and lemon.

Do you have any additional questions or concerns about caring for your smile when you are sick? To schedule an appointment with our team, call us at our dental office in Watertown, Wisconsin at 920-261-5110. Dr. Paul Sommers and our entire team look forward to hearing from you soon!