Unfortunately the flu season is still going strong. Typically, the cold & flu season is most common in the U.S between October and May, and usually peaks around January or February. When coming down with the flu, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your teeth and braces. However, that cold or flu does affect your oral health in some ways.
Tips to keep your mouth healthy while having the flu:
TIP #1 Avoid Dry Mouth By Staying Hydrated
Dry mouth can increase cavity risk. Most colds come with a stuffy nose which makes us breathe through our mouths. While we’re sleeping our saliva production decreases and our mouths become vulnerable to harmful bacteria. So make sure to drink plenty of liquids when you’re sick to prevent from getting dry mouth.
TIP #2 Keep The Bad Stuff Off Your Teeth
Are you sucking on cough drops all day? Most are loaded with sugar. Opt for sugar-free cough drops if possible. AND, be sure not to bite down on those super-hard drops.
Cough syrup is loaded with sugar too. If you take cough syrup, rinse your mouth out before going back to bed.
Stomach acid is hard on teeth. Sorry to bring this up, but if you’re throwing up, keep your teeth rinsed and clean.
TIP #3 No Matter How Tired…
We know it’s tough when you’re sick, but don’t skip your normal brushing/flossing routine just because you’re feeling really tired. Your oral health while you’re in braces is just too important to neglect.