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The fall season is finally here, which means the weather has begun to dip and your risk for colds and the flu will rise once more. However, just because illness may be in the air, does not mean you should change your oral health care.

Make sure you continue to brush your teeth twice daily and floss once every day. Effective oral health care routines are essential, even when you are sick. To avoid contamination, never share your toothbrush with anyone else, or use anyone else’s toothbrush. Furthermore, it is highly recommended that after you’re sick, you should switch out your toothbrush for a new one.

If you’re using any kind of medications including cough drops, make sure they will not damage your teeth. Exercise caution with hard candies and always look for sugar-free varieties, as the sugars can promote dental erosion.

If you happen to be sick and find yourself vomiting, never brush your teeth immediately after. The harmful acids that are in your stomach can arise and come into your mouth, which is a serious risk to your teeth because stomach acids are capable of eating through your tooth enamel. Furthermore, toothpaste can be abrasive and further contribute to any harm to your tooth enamel. As an alternative, use mouthwash or sugarless chewing gum.

For additional cold and flu season advice and help from our team at McAllister Dentistry, come in for a visit. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. John McAllister, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Hickory, North Carolina. We can be reached at 828-322-6731. The time is now to approach the rest of your life with a smile!