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If you come down with a cold or the flu, chances are that you would just like to lie quietly in one place, binge-watching your favorite show and waiting for your fever to break or your stomach to settle down. The last thing you may want to do is climb out of bed to brush your teeth. But you will need to summon your strength and make the trek to the sink to clean your teeth. Aside from keeping up with brushing and flossing, there are other things to think about.

If you are suffering from the flu, one of our symptoms may be an upset stomach, which may result in vomiting. That can introduce extra acids to your mouth, and you should rinse your mouth if you do experience that issue. If you are congested, you may experience dry mouth. You should increase your intake of water or use a humidifier. Some cold and flu medications can also contribute to dry mouth. Water is preferable for hydrating your body and your mouth since fruit juices can contain sugars that can damage your teeth. If you are fighting a cough or a sore throat, make sure that you only use sugar-free cough drops or syrup. Both of those products tend to remain in your mouth for a long time, and any sugars may lead to cavities.

If you have been down with a virus, make sure that you store your toothbrush away from the others in your household. You may want to consider keeping disposable toothbrushes on hand in case of illness.

If you have questions about oral hygiene, or if it is just time for your routine dental visit, our dentist, Dr. Sidney Adler will be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center in Riverdale, New York, call 718-548-3353.