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Having a cold or the flu is never fun. However, even if you find yourself bedridden for several days in a row, you still need to make sure that you’re practicing effective oral health care routines. By neglecting the health of your teeth and gums, you drastically increase the chance of several health risks can arise. As your energy levels will be decreased if you are sick, you will need to make sure that you use effective tools or easier to operate tools to keep your mouth clean.

If you’re struggling with brushing and flossing due to decreased energy levels, consider switching to easier to operate tools such as electric toothbrushes or water flossers. Furthermore, consider the use of mouthwash after eating if you end up being sick. If you throw up, acids will travel up into your mouth that can contribute to dental erosion and cavities. Be sure to wash away these acids with a non-abrasive cleaning tool such as mouthwash. Avoid using a toothbrush and toothpaste after vomiting as they can often be too abrasive.

Dr. Timothy Collier and our team at will make sure that you receive the yearlong treatments your smile requires. If you would like to come stop by Dental Associates of Manchester in Manchester, Iowa, please schedule an appointment with our dentists at 563-927-4746.