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With cold and flu season upon us, now is more important than ever to focus on your smile since you may not feel like taking care of your teeth when you are sick.

Even if you are extremely sick, brushing your teeth can help you feel better and will help with issues such as acid in the mouth from vomiting. To help keep your smile safe during cold and flu season, continue cleaning your mouth as you always would. This includes always practicing daily oral health care routines such as brushing and flossing. Furthermore, make sure you never share your toothbrush with anyone else and dispose of your toothbrush and purchase a new one as needed.

Hydration is essential for your oral health care when you are not feeling well. If you don’t stay hydrated, dry mouth symptoms can begin to occur. This could be hazardous to your health as put you at an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

If you would like additional oral health care tips from Lincoln Park Dental Associates, our dentist office in Chicago, Illinois, please connect with us at 773-348-7008. Dr. Theodore Gehrig and our entire team will ensure that your smile will thrive for many years to come!