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Taking special care of your smile when you are sick can help keep bacteria from your body during this cold and flu season. During this harsh cold and flu season, many people are falling victim to illness, which puts them at higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease from acids and bacteria in the body. Dr. Robert Freeman and our team here at Robert C. Freeman, DDS in Knoxville, Tennessee, care deeply for your health, which is why we are happy to give you tips for your smile when you are not feeling your best.

When you are sick, the first thing to remember when you are sick is to keep up with your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are at the core of keeping your oral health in excellent shape. It is also vital to remember to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. This will stop the airborne spreading of germs that could be causing your illness.

Try to find sugar-free cough drops to use when you are sick. By avoiding sugars or sticky substances on your teeth, you could lower your risk for cavities. It is also a great idea to remember to clear out your mouth often when sick. This can clean away the stomach acids from your teeth and help keep your body hydrated. Don’t forget to get plenty of rest and sleep when you can. When you sleep, your body is working to restore your health.

If you know it’s time for a dental cleaning after an illness, please call us today and let us help you. Our team is happy to take your call and schedule an appointment with a member of our dental team. So, call us today at 865-577-7535 and let us help you get your smile back.