Did You Know Oral Hygiene is Especially Important When You Are Sick?

It is flu season.  Although you can catch influenza at any time, the peak season is December through February.  Taking care of your body is important when you are sick.  Fighting the flu can also impact your oral health.


The influenza virus can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours.  That includes your toothbrush.  Continuously using the same toothbrush after recovering from the flu exposes you to the virus over and over.  Once you feel better, change out your toothbrush to stay healthy.  Regardless, you should brush with a new toothbrush every 3-4 months.


A common symptom of the flu is vomiting.  Brushing your teeth after vomiting rubs the stomach acid into the surface of your teeth and increases decay.  Instead, clean your mouth by swishing with water, diluted mouthwash, or water mixed with baking soda.

Cough Drops

Cough drops may soothe your sore throat and cough during the flu, but the prolonged exposure to sugar creates more bacteria eating away at your teeth.  Try to reach for sugar-free brands to limit the amount of cavity-causing sugar while you recover.


Sports drinks with electrolytes and tea with lemon are popular when you have the flu.  However, sports drinks are high in sugar and lemons are extremely acidic.  Both can erode your teeth.  Take your teeth into consideration and stay hydrated with water.

Stay healthy during flu season and beyond with regular cleanings at Carolina Smiles Dentistry.  From the moment you walk into our office, you are greeted by our warm and friendly staff whose priority is to provide top-quality dentistry services. We specialize in preventative care, as well as cosmetic and restorative services. No matter what your needs or concerns are, our expert dental care providers will make you feel at ease, offering the very best options suited for your individual oral health.

Schedule an appointment today at (919) 620-6700 so we can keep you smiling!

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