January 26, 2019
The winter months aren’t the only time when you can catch a cold, but it sure feels like it happens more often during this time. Whether it’s a simple case of sniffles or the aches and fever of the flu, it’s easy to forget about taking care of your teeth.
However, you simply cannot ignore your dental health at any time of the year. Call our Boone, NC dental office today at [phone] and schedule your next twice-yearly appointment. In the meantime, here are some tips from Dr. Airey for taking care of teeth even when you have a cold.
Protect Your Smile
Drink Plenty of Water: Staying hydrated definitely helps your body when you have a cold. But it also helps take care of teeth. Dry mouth is not just annoying. Without the usual saliva, food particles stick to your teeth and gums longer. This feeds the harmful bacteria behind cavities and gum disease. When you have a cold, drink plenty of water.
Be Careful About Cough Drops: If you have a sore throat, cough drops can really help alleviate the symptoms. However, there are two problems with them. First, they are often full of sugar that leads to tooth decay. They are also so hard that they could potentially damage your teeth. Use what you need to feel better, but use cough drops sparingly.
Rinse Your Teeth After Juice Or Sugary Medicine: Juice is full of vitamin C, so it’s good for you when you’re sick. However, it’s also full of sugar and acids. Both can hurt your teeth and gums. Even some medicines like cough syrup can be full of sugar. To help prevent damage, rinse your mouth with plain water after any.
Be Wary Of Stomach Acid On Your Teeth: We certainly hope you don’t get a stomach virus! But if you have to get sick to your stomach, be sure to rinse (not brush) afterwards. Stomach acid that comes up will coat your teeth and slowly but surely damage your enamel. Brushing just pushes acid deeper into enamel, so be sure to rinse or drink pure water.
Continue Brushing And Flossing: When you have a cold, it’s tempting to skip the basics. After all, you’re sick! But you deserve great dental health no matter what. Brush your teeth twice each day and floss every night. Thankfully, both are very quick and easy to do.
Reschedule If You’re Sick: Do you already have a dental appointment but now you’re sick? Then you need to focus on getting better. Call us at [phone] and reschedule your visit.
Get Regular Dental Care
While we really appreciate you rescheduling any visits when you are sick, we still need to see you! Getting regular cleanings and exams from Dr. Airey is one of the best things you can do for your smile. A lot of problems like cavities and gum disease is easy to fix when caught early enough. Digital X-rays, combines with Dr. Airey’s years of training and experience, can spot dental problems before they grow out of hand.
No matter how you feel, you deserve to take care of teeth. That’s why you need to call Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC today at [phone] or contact us online to make a new appointment.