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Cold and flu season is here! Here are some oral health care tips for when you’re feeling under the weather.

First, there are some oral hygiene issues to address. Be sure to continue brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Never share your toothbrush, especially if you are sick. Floss every day, once a day, for 2-3 minutes each session. This can be uncomfortable when ill; talk with your dentist about interdental cleaning alternatives if it is too much. Cleaning your mouth is especially important while you are sick, to make sure bacteria and other germs are cleaned away from teeth.

Some people choose to throw away their toothbrush after they have been sick; this could be a good idea for you, too. The flu virus can live on your toothbrush for up to 72 hours. It is not likely that you will reinfect yourself unless you have a very poor immune system. However, your brush may contaminate other toothbrushes, getting other people sick. You may decide it is best to replace your toothbrush (or electric toothbrush head) once you are on the mend.

Sometimes your teeth hurt while you are sick. This could be a result of inflamed sinuses or an ear infection. Talk to your doctor about proper medical care. If the pain persists, talk with your dentist.

For more information, call Dentistry on 1st LLC in Tucson, Arizona, at 520-292-0606. Dr. Cody Skinner and our team are happy to help!