If you are suffering from any kind of illness, it can affect your oral health as well. If you ever find yourself coming down with a cold or the flu, make sure you set up preventative treatments to ensure your smile isn’t damaged as well. If left untreated, it is possible for you to suffer additional oral health risks including dental erosion, dental abrasion, and numerous other risks. This is because you may be using products that can contribute to poor oral health or even be suffering from additional acids in your mouth.
If you find yourself suffering from a cold or the flu, it can be linked to issues associated with poor dental health. However, even though you may feel too sick to even move, you should try your best to make sure your mouth is cleaned out. This is especially true if you are suffering from any form of dry mouth. Dry mouth is an oral health condition in which there is a lack of saliva in your mouth. To help combat dry mouth, it is important to hydrate daily and make sure you have all the necessary fluids to keep your smile in good condition
Saliva is so important for your smile because it helps to neutralize acids and debris that may be floating around your mouth. In many situations, individuals who are so sick they vomit will cause harmful stomach acids to travel up into their mouths. These acids are capable of eating through your tooth enamel and causing further damage to your smile. However, never clean out your mouth using your brush after throwing up, as your teeth are extra sensitive, and it could lead to further abrasion. Instead try alternative cleaning methods to rinse out your mouth. This can include using nonabrasive mouthwash or sugarless chewing gum.
To schedule oral health care treatments during cold and flu season or oral examination with Dr. Bin H. Park and our team at Bin Park, DDS, give us a call at 951-898-5658. Our dentist office is located in Corona, California.