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Autumn is here, and getting cold. That means cold and flu season is on its way. Health disorders like the cold and flu can actually influence your oral health. The bacteria or virus that caused your illness can spread to your mouth and weaken its defenses. Here’s what you can do to fight back:

Vomiting causes acid to spread throughout your mouth and can wear away at your enamel. However, brushing doesn’t help; it will only spread the acid around further. Wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth after vomiting. To clear out that gross taste and some of the residual acid, you can rinse your mouth with a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.

Drinking the right fluids can help treat colds and the flu. For the sake of your oral health, you’ll want to avoid drinks that contain sugar. Bacteria will turn sugar into cavity-causing acid in your mouth. Choose sugar-free Gatorade, herbal tea, and water. It’s very important that you stay hydrated. Get your vitamin C from supplements, medicines, and real fruit instead of from orange juice. If you are fond of cough drops, look for the sugar-free options.

Even if you are suffering from a cold or flu and do not feel like doing anything, please remember to continue your daily oral health care routine, including brushing and flossing. Never share a toothbrush with someone else, as your risk for colds and the flu will increase.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our dentists and team at Hays Dental Group, LLC at 406-586-2117 today. Our dentists and team in Bozeman, Montana, look forward to serving you.