A dry mouth can easily create an environment that subjects us to cavities, as bacteria and acids are not washed away. A side effect of the Flu and colds can be a stuffed nose and sinuses. This causes us to breath through our mouths. Along with less production of saliva, cavities are much more apt to form.
2. Protect your teeth from bad stuff
If you suck on cough drops, be aware that many of them are full of sugar to make them taste good. Look for sugar-free drops as an alternative. Cough syrups are also full of sugar. If used, be sure to rinse your mouth with water after use, especially if retiring for the evening. As we know, acids are terrible for our teeth, so -(sorry to mention this)- if you throw up, rinse your mouth, and then brush your teeth.
3. You can be very tired during this episode
However, now is not the time to be lazy concerning your dental health. It is even more important now to brush and floss. This may even prevent the further spread of diseases.
- Get the Flu shot
- · Take Vitamin C, B+, and multivitamins
- · Maintain healthy habits- physical activity, hydrate, eat healthy
- · Wash your hands so you don’t catch or spread germs
Things to avoid
- · Drinking from someone else’s glass
- · Going to work if you are sick
- · Touching your face- mouth, nose, eyes
- · Aspirin to children with a fever under 14 years old (causes Reyes Syndrome)
- · Taking the wrong dose of medications
- · Go scuba diving with clogged ears- it will be a painful experience. If you take a decongestant and it wears off, you will have a reverse squeeze upon ascending to the surface—> painful!