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How to Protect Your Teeth If You Have the Flu
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Giri Palani
The flu is not something that you want to deal with ever. However, if you find yourself dealing with it, then there are some precautions you want to take in order to provide protection for your teeth. When you're sick, the last thing you are going to think about is your oral health.
However, it can benefit you if you do. This is because when you are throwing up, or even when you are coughing or don't want to eat or drink anything, your teeth are part of the body that suffers.
Protecting Your Teeth While Sick
It is important that you consider having a mouthwash on hand for when you're sick. Have someone pick it up for you so that when you have a dry mouth or even if you're not eating or drinking, you can still rinse with something to keep the mouth clean and hydrated. Popsicles are also great for this and the sugar-free kind are the best.
If you're vomiting, this is very acidic. It is very harmful to the teeth when it is done because that stomach acid can actually stick to the outside of the teeth and wear them down. This is not just for the flu, but with any other sickness out there. If you have the mouthwash, then now would be the best time to use it. You can rinse out your mouth after vomiting, which also removes the acid from the teeth and cleans the gums.
Call Us - We Can Help!
Speak with us today regarding the help you need protecting your teeth. You should feel good about your smile, even after a sickness. We can be sure to be the ones to help when you give us a call and have us give you the cleaning you need. Don't let the sickness get you down, make sure to bounce right back.