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Keeping Your Child's Teeth Safe When They Have the Flu

Posted on 4/20/2018 by Fariba Mutschler
Oral Hygiene Great Grins for KIDS - Oregon City OR 97045Young children are easily infected by bacteria and the flu is always a problem during the winter months. When this happens, taking antibiotics help lessen the severity of the symptoms and drinking plenty of fluids also helps.

Because your child is taking antibiotics, it can also have an effect on your child's teeth. Unknown to most parents, the widespread overuse of antibiotics like amoxicillin causes dental fluorosis, a common tooth disorder characterized by hypomineralization or the appearance of white streaks or white lines on the teeth.

Keep Them Hydrated by Drinking Lots of Water

Staying hydrated helps maintain the water levels of the body and soothes the throat from getting hoarse. Drinking water, juices, and warm lemon with honey eases nasal congestion and counters dehydration.

Avoid serving them caffeinated drinks and sodas as it can worsen their condition and aggravate dehydration. Fluid replacement is very important because your child can suffer from fever which affects the body's water level.

Drinking tap water every hour or a sip of water every 10 to 15 minutes, even if they are not thirsty will help reduce feverish temperature and flush away bacterial build up in the mouth.

Encourage Them to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is very important, especially if your child has the flu or other types of infections. Regular flossing and brushing helps to eliminate further complications from mouth bacteria reaching the bronchial tubes.

It also helps the immune system do its job efficiently as it is more focused on healing the flu rather than being divided by its functions.

Vomiting is also one big problem when your child has the flu. When this happens make sure to have them rinse their mouth immediately to prevent stomach acid from corroding the tooth enamel.

Because your child's immune system is developing, flu and other flu-like illnesses are bound to happen every year. If you want to learn more about how to protect your child's teeth during flu season, simply give us a call.
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