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Whether you believe it or not, a cold and the flu can affect your smile and oral health in many ways. They can cause toothaches, enamel erosion, bad breath, sore throats, and more. This is why it’s best to keep your smile in mind while you are sick. In order to take good care of your teeth, throat, and mouth, our Oconee Dental, PC dental team encourages you to do the following things:

Brush your teeth: Just because you’re sick, that doesn’t mean food particles and plaque take a break from attacking your smile. In fact, it could be a prime time to do even more damage. This is why it’s important to brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes each time. If possible, you can floss as well.

Drink plenty of fluids: Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids can help you overcome the sickness faster. It can also help you prevent dental issues like dry mouth. When dry mouth occurs, the bacteria in your mouth can cause extreme harm to your smile. This is why you should drink as much water and juice as possible.

Toss your toothbrush: When you have recovered from your sickness, don’t forget to throw your toothbrush away. This is vital because your toothbrush is infected with bacteria and germs that can attack your immune system once again. So, make sure to throw your brush away.

Rinse with salt water: Rinsing your mouth with salt water can kill the bacteria in your mouth and improve your breath. So, put a tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish it in your mouth for one minute.

Take sugar-free medication: Unfortunately, many cough syrups and medications are doused with sugar to make them more enjoyable. This is unfortunate because the sugar can attack your smile and cause cavities. So, it’s best to stick to taking sugar-free medications.

If you do these things, there is a high chance you’ll maintain a top-notch oral health and a pristine smile in Watkinsville, Georgia. Do you have any questions or would you like to learn more? If so, call our office at 706-769-1659 today! Dr. DeAnn Harmon-Smith and our dental team are here to help you in any way we can, and we are happy to give you the answers and information you’re looking for.