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If you ever find yourself sick with the cold or flu, you will need to make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to not only recover properly but also make sure that your mouth continues to stay clean. A daily routine should be implemented even if you are sick, so consider switching to easier to operate tools if you need to.

Make sure you continue to brush and floss every single day. However, if you do end up with an illness and are vomiting, do not brush immediately afterward, as your teeth can be extra sensitive and prone to abrasion. Instead, try washing out your mouth with mouthwash. If you’re struggling with traditional brushing and flossing tools, try to switch to easier to operate tools such as an electric toothbrush and an interdental cleaner such as a water flosser.

Make sure that while you’re sick, you’re staying well-hydrated and avoiding any kind of foods or medications that can potentially produce dry mouth as a side effect. Dry mouth occurs when your mouth is not producing enough saliva and can leave you vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, stay sugar-free throughout your illness.

If you would like to book an appointment with Gentle Dental Care to see if you are a candidate for additional oral health care, please set up a visit with our team and our dentist in Mundelein, Illinois, at 847-566-5350. Dr. Anthony J. Collins and our team want you to come see us and let us show you the benefits of a better smile today!