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Did you know, while you are sick, it is essential to keep your smile in excellent shape? If you think about it, if you have germs and bacteria in your gums and teeth, they are seeping into your body. That is why our dentist, Dr. Nina Nattiv with Polished Dental in Hawthorne, California, wants to help you learn how to keep your smile in good condition when you are sick.

Having a cold and flu means your body usually starts with a sore throat and nasal congestion mixed with feeling tired. This means without realizing it, you begin to suffer from dry mouth, which reduces the flow or production of saliva in your body. This is not good because saliva keeps plaque and bacteria from sticking to your teeth and gums. Actually, dry mouth can increase bacteria production, which is unhealthy. Additionally, decongestants or antihistamines reduce saliva flow too, so dry mouth can become a severe problem quickly. To overcome dry mouth while you are taking medications, drink a lot of water, and make sure you always have some nearby. Try sugar-free cough drops to lower sugars from sticking to your teeth.

If you are wrestling with an upset stomach, it is crucial to keep brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Acids from your stomach and illness can cause erosion, which will hurt your teeth in the long run. That is why, remembering to brush and floss each day, with the benefit of mouthwash to fight away any other bacteria is essential to help you while you are sick.

If you have recently had an illness and need a dental cleaning or exam, please call us today at 310-349-1980 to set up an appointment. Our oral health professionals are always happy to give you a dental exam, so you can keep your smile healthy no matter what life throws your way.