It’s hard enough to be sick with a cold yourself. Watching a little one cough and sneeze can be even more heart-wrenching. Good hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and getting enough sleep help keep us all healthy. Sometimes the cold and flu season hits close to home, despite out best efforts. Your Dallas, TX pediatric dental team can help you minimize a cold’s effect on your child’s dental health. A bonus is that these friendly suggestions apply to adult smiles and well.
Drink Plenty of Water
Being sick can mean loss of appetite for food and water. A dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, but it gives bacteria a more favorable environment in which to flourish. And when there is more bacteria, there is more chance of tooth decay. While cavities can be repaired with tooth colored fillings, prevention is an even better option. Sipping on water can minimize the discomfort of a dry mouth, help keep your child hydrated, and rinse the teeth as well.
Look for Sugar Free Options
If your child is old enough to safely suck on throat lozenge or cough drops, offer sugar free choices. For the same reason, look for low sugar or no-sugar drinks, like diluted juices, sugar free sodas, or decaf teas. Some studies have shown that drinks with ginger and peppermint are especially helpful to calm queasy stomachs.
Reschedule a Checkup and Cleaning
If your child is due for a routine checkup, and isn’t having any problems, it’s OK to reschedule. We have a comfy and child-friendly office, but the best thing, when you have a youngster feeling under the weather, is to reschedule preventive care for a few weeks.
Toss the Toothbrush
Toothbrushes can harbor germs and viruses, so it’s best to start fresh with a brand-new toothbrush, as soon as your child is feeling better. Look for sales, and stock up with a few extras, to save a last-minute dash to the store.
We Hope You And Your Smile Have a Healthy Thanksgiving!
When coughs and sneezes are flying, we want to make sure your family has the best chance of staying healthy, from tooth to toes! Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda.