It’s that time of year where the flu and seasonal colds are making its rounds, spreading from person to person. You may be one of the not-so-lucky people who are currently dealing with the sniffles and a cough. If you are, I’m sure your dental health is the last thing on your mind at this point, but believe it or not, a cold and flu can affect your mouth. We came up with a few tips on how you can care for your teeth while fighting a cold.

Brush your teeth

At this point, you may not want to get out of bed, but you have to remember that all of the food you ate is probably still sitting on your teeth, producing bacteria. It is important to continue your daily routine (to the best of your ability) and brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss. Don’t forget to dispose of your toothbrush after you have gotten over your sickness.

Stay Hydrated

We all know how important it is to drink water, but when we’re sick, we would choose sleep over anything. But fluids like water, broth, and natural juices help your body fight the infection because of the extra fluid, especially when it is hard to breathe out of your nose. Staying hydrated will also prevent dry mouth. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the decrease of saliva. Dry mouth increases your chances of cavities. If you’re having a hard time drinking, try taking small sips frequently. 

Try sugar-free

Cough drops may be one of the items that is keeping your cough at bay, but a lot of cough drops and cough syrup have a ton of sugar in them. Try using sugar-free medicine to avoid too much sugar and rinse your mouth out after using them to get rid anything left over. 

No matter how exhausted you are, try to keep up with your normal dental routines in order to prevent any issues later down the line. Also be sure to stay hydrated and well rested during this season. Stay healthy and come see us for a routine checkup once you’re feeling better.