With snow in the air today, it reminds us that the holidays are fast approaching. Unfortunately that means so is cold and flu season. As we continue to navigate our day to day lives in a global pandemic, our team of dental healthcare professionals wanted to take the time to explain the best practices for your oral health if you’re feeling under the weather. Please remember to wear your mask and stay at home if you’re feeling unwell!

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things to remember when you’re unwell. Some cold and flu symptoms as well as the medications used for them can cause a dry mouth. Having a dry mouth can increase your risk for cavities so we encourage you to drink water.

Be Mindful Of Your Cough Drops

Cough drops can be very helpful in soothing your throat, but they can also cause havoc with your oral health! Sucking on cough drops when you’re sick can support by increasing saliva production. If you can, try to purchase sugar-free cough drops to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay.

Rinse After Having an Upset Stomach

If one of your symptoms is vomiting, we recommend rinsing your mouth out with water mixed with 1 tsp. of baking soda. You shouldn’t brush your teeth after vomiting as stomach acids can cause problems with your teeth. The baking soda and water mix will help to wash away/neutralize any acid so you can brush your teeth in a few hours.

Practice Oral Hygiene

When you’re sick, try to remember to stick with your regular health routine of brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes and clean in between your teeth. Make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities from developing. The Government of Canada states that the flu virus can live on some surfaces for as long as 48 hours. Once your cold or flu has come and gone, it’s also a good idea to change your toothbrush!

Make Your Next Dental Appointment In Huntsville

According to the Canadian Dental Association, one of the best ways to maintain your health is to complete biannual dental examinations! If you haven’t made an reservation within the last six months, please fill out our contact form or give us a call at 705-789-236. We’d be happy to speak with you about our many services such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns and more! We are currently booking appointments for both new and existing patients at our Huntsville dental office! We hope you all stay safe and healthy this season!