When the flu comes, it brings with it all kinds of health problems. Yet, by taking certain types of medications to treat the flu, you can actually be causing yourself some other issues in your mouth.
This is because some medications are heavily laced with sugar and sugar, as we all know, is a major contributing factor to tooth decay. So here are some things to keep in mind before flu season gets here.
Prevention is the best medicine, and this is true in the realm of dentistry as well. Take steps to make sure that your teeth and gums are in great shape now, while you are healthy. That way, if you are unfortunate enough to come down with the flu, you can at least rest easy knowing that your teeth are able to handle a little bit of medicine.
In addition to making sure that you have had all your necessary cleanings and using things such as a fluoride rinse to strengthen your teeth, you should pick up the habit if good oral hygiene practices like rinsing out your mouth after you consume a sugary snack or drink.
This will help you if you do have to use some sugary medicine, because you will be in the habit of rinsing out your mouth afterward. Doing that will reduce the sugar in your mouth, and reduce the acids produced by the bacteria that break down that sugar.
The flu season is coming, so it's best to be prepared for it. If you are wondering what else you can do to get your teeth ready, feel free to contact us today. We're here to help you!