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If you are currently sick with the cold or flu, do not stop your oral health care routines. Make sure you are still brushing and flossing every day to keep your mouth clean. However, your risk for spreading the disease or contracting the disease can arise if you are using someone else’s toothbrush or if you allow others to use yours. Furthermore, never brush your teeth and mediately after vomiting, as your tooth enamel may be extra sensitive due to the acids that have risen from your stomach into your mouth. Instead, try using sugarless gum or mouthwash to clean your mouth.

If you are able, it is important to avoid dry mouth symptoms by always keeping your mouth well-hydrated at all times. This includes drinking plenty of water and avoiding foods are medications that can contribute or lead to dry mouth. Make sure that any drinks that you’re using to stay hydrated are low in sugar, as sugar can cause you to become dehydrated and can contribute to tooth decay. In addition, cough drops can contain sugar, so be careful with any lozenges, drops, or tablets that you may be taking to fight your illness.

If you have recently suffered from a sickness and your oral health care as dropped, visit us for a checkup or professional cleaning. If you are looking for a dentist in Cottonwood, Arizona, please call us at 928-634-5566. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Westover and our team at our dentist office. Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of with our oral health care treatment plans.