Getting a cold or flu in winter is very common, and we often don’t think about the effect it has on our teeth! While being unwell, we often take cough syrups, warm lemon drinks, orange juice, sugary soothers and lozenges. Not to mention stomach acid causing an issue if you get a stomach flu.
The medicines we take to ease a cold are often sugary or acidic which can promote cavities and decay. Stomach acid from vomiting or reflux can also damage the enamel on your teeth, making them weak and brittle. Finally, when we are feeling unwell we tend to neglect our teeth as its hard leave your warm bed. To fight colds and flu, encouraging your child to brush and floss their teeth daily can go a long way in fighting bacteria that can make a sore throat or a blocked nose worse!
Tip – Don’t forget – once your child is well again, throw out their old toothbrush and change to a new one as an old toothbrush can harbour nasty bacteria and viruses on it, especially when you’ve been sick!