Building your best smile begins by always looking for ways to enhance your overall health. Although you may be taking excellent care of your teeth right now, a downturn in your health could lead to a downturn in your oral health. If you ever end up sick or have the flu, it is important to have a good plan in place to make sure your teeth are still properly cared for. Also, exercise caution with any oral health risks that are often known to pop up whenever you are sick. Furthermore, implement the use of saliva to help add an additional layer of protection for your teeth and gums.
Keeping your smile safe from the risks associated with oral health ailments when you are sick can be taken care of by making sure you have enough saliva in your mouth. If you end up sick and are vomiting, harmful acids produced by your stomach will travel up into your mouth and begin to cause dental erosion. In situations where there’s not enough saliva, it can begin to destroy your teeth via processes such as dental erosion and even gum disease. Although brushing can help clean out your mouth, doing so at this time will only cause further dental abrasion. Instead, seek a saliva producing treatment.
Chewing sugarless gum has been proven beneficial for the production of saliva. If you do have harmful acids in your mouth, saliva can help neutralize them and provide additional disease-fighting substances to help you in the future. Exercise caution with any medications that you’re taking while you are sick, as they can potentially produce dry mouth as a side effect.
The time is now to build a better smile with oral health care during cold and flu season. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Pierce and the rest of our team at Dr. Thomas Pierce DDS, our phone number is 870-739-3256. Our dentist office is located in Marion, Arkansas. We look forward to helping you achieve the successful smile you desire.