When You’ve Got The Flu: What To Do?

What we hope, of course, is that you don’t find yourself sick this year! However, we all know that things like the common cold and the flu are highly contagious! So, with that said, our Austin, MN practice would simply like to talk with you for a moment about some of the things that just might cross your mind on the very off chance that you end up under the weather as the chillier months unfold. Remember: Your smile doesn’t know when you come down with a virus, so maintaining your oral health is still important during such times, which is why we are here to help guide you.

Do Your Best To Brush Twice!

What you don’t want is for your not-feeling-so-good spell to end up contributing to problems like decay because you decide to go a few days without brushing and flossing. Remember, as mentioned, that your oral health does not pause when you’re not feeling fantastic. In addition, plaque can become tartar within just 24 hours, so you’re really going to want to try with all of your might to get yourself to the sink, brush those teeth, and then drag yourself back to bed! If you can floss, too, it is certainly worth the effort.

Drink Lots Of Water (Remember To Rinse)

When you’re really not feeling well, it’s important to remember to keep water with you at all times! First, if you’re snacking, drinking other fluids (that contain sugar or acids), or if you are having trouble keeping up with brushing, then water is your best friend. Of course, it’s also something you should be drinking a lot of! It’s easy to become dehydrated when you’re not feeling well or have a fever, which is a major problem for your overall health! Skip the dry mouth, an added complication, and a dirty smile. Rinse when you can and drink up! Your body and oral health depend on it.

Moisturize Those Lips!

Our team wants to be sure you remember to apply a moisturizing balm to your lips when you’re not feeling so great. Keep in mind that mouth breathing due to congestion and running your central heat can lead to dry oral tissue and dry lips. Keep your oral comfort intact with this easy suggestion.

Gain Lots Of Oral Health Knowledge From Our Team

When you have questions come up about how to protect your smile, don’t forget that we are on your side and are happy to help. Schedule a visit with our Austin, MN practice today by contacting Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic today at 507-437-6312 to schedule your care.