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Did you know you can do further damage to your teeth and gums when you are sick? Not only can you put your teeth at various forms of erosion, but your teeth can also often end up extra sensitive and brittle and more prone to oral accidents and injuries. As with all times of the year, make sure you have a strong oral hygiene plan in place to continue cleaning your mouth out on a daily basis.

Even if you are sick, you will need to make sure that you are continuing to clean your teeth and gums. Even if you have a decrease in energy levels due to an illness such as the cold or the flu, you will need to make sure that you are spending a few minutes each day washing away debris and plaque in your mouth. In addition, if you’re sick and vomiting, harmful stomach acids will travel up through your esophagus and into your mouth. The acids from your stomach can eat through your tooth enamel, so you will want to use non-abrasive cleaning utensils such as mouthwash to wash away the debris.

Exercise caution with any products and medications you’re using and make sure you are avoiding sugar throughout your illness. Not only can sugar decrease recovery time from the illness, but it can also lead to several oral health risks. Also, make sure you stay hydrated and avoid anything that can increase your risk for dry mouth.

If you are ready for additional treatments and care from Parkway Dental for an appointment with our dentist in Cary, North Carolina, then you are welcome to call us at 919-380-9622. Dr. Stephen Coker and our entire team look forward to improving your oral health with yearlong care for your smile.