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Autumn is here, and it’s starting to get cold. That means cold and flu season is on its way. It may come as a surprise, but health disorders like the cold and flu can affect your oral health. The bacteria or virus that caused your illness can spread to your mouth and weaken its defenses. There are several things that you can do to fight back:

Vomiting causes acid to spread throughout your mouth and can wear away at your enamel. However, brushing won’t help; it will only spread the acid around further. If you have vomited, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. To clear out that yucky taste and some of the residual acid, you can rinse your mouth with a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.

Drinking the right fluids can help treat colds and the flu, but for your oral health, you’ll want to avoid drinks that contain sugar. Bacteria will turn sugar into acid in your mouth. Choose sugar-free Gatorade, herbal tea, and water. It’s important to stay hydrated as much as possible. Get your vitamin C from supplements, medicines, and real fruit instead of orange juice. Are you fond of cough drops? Look for the sugar-free versions.

Even though you are suffering from a cold or flu and may not feel like doing anything, remember to continue your daily oral health care routine, including brushing and flossing. Also, it is so important that you never share a toothbrush with anyone. Sharing toothbrushes can lead to the spread of bacteria and illness.

For more information and to schedule a visit with Dr. Michael Walbom, contact A Caring Place Dentistry at 520-809-6100 today! Our dentist and team in Tucson, Arizona, look forward to helping you.