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Are you prepared to take care of your smile during cold and flu season? Have you ever thought about any treatment plans to have in place so that you can continue to take care of your teeth and gums, even when your body has diminished energy levels? If that is the case, you might try using a water flosser or electric toothbrush. No matter what you use, you need to brush and floss each day.

One of the biggest risks to your oral health when you are sick is dental abrasion associated with throwing up. Harmful acids travel up into your mouth when you vomit, and your teeth and gums will be susceptible to acid erosion. To help neutralize these acids, you should rinse your mouth with a solution of baking soda and water, and then brush your teeth 30 minutes later.

If you are using cough drops or cough syrup, you should look for brands that don’t contain sugar, since those substances will linger on your teeth and cause tooth decay. If you want a cup of tea to help you feel better, try drinking it without sugar and lemon.

Do you feel confident in your knowledge about caring for your smile when sick? With yearlong care from Blakeney Dental, we can make sure you receive the oral health care you need. If you want to schedule an appointment to visit us at our office in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Mark Ranzinger and our team can be reached by calling us at 704-541-8600.