Dental Hygiene Tips For When You Have A Cold

A cold shouldn’t stop you from taking care of your oral health.

We are officially in November which means we will be entering the cold winter season soon.  With winter coming around, comes the heightened chances of you coming down with the flu or a cold.  If you happen to get sick during cold and flu season, you need to not forget about caring for your dental health.  Luckily, there are a few simple dental hygiene tips you can follow when you have a cold.

Stay Hydrated

If you happen to get sick during cold and flu season, it is essential that you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Depending on the severity of your cold, you can become dehydrated easily, so drinking water can help you get better. Staying hydrated also prevents you from developing cavities because excess saliva production stops bacteria from forming.  When drinking fluids while your sick, you want to choose the right fluids, such as water. You want to avoid drinking too many sports drinks because they contain a high amount of sugar.

Bruss and Toss Out

When you are sick, it is important that you are still brushing and flossing your teeth.  Make sure that you are brushing at least twice a day to prevent cavities and gum disease.  It is essential that you throw out your toothbrush or replace the electronic brush head because it has been contaminated with bacteria.  The last thing you want is to be reinfected by your toothbrush.

Sugar-Free Medications

It is important to take sugar-free medications, such as syrups and cough drops, while you are sick.  Sucking on a regular cough drop for a long time is just like sucking on a candy, which can promote cavities and gingivitis.  So you want to look for sugar-free medications to help you get better as quick as possible,

Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care

Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

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