Here are a few tips on how to keep up your oral health while you are sick.
When feeling under the weather, it is important to take care of your body including your mouth. It is essential that you continue to brush your teeth even when you are not feeling your best. Brushing will prevent bacteria from staying in your mouth and decrease your risk for future dental issues.
Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months and to let your brush air dry. There is no need to replace a new toothbrush after sickness since your chances of getting re-infected is very low.
Cough drops are the go-to over the counter treatment when fighting a sore throat. Sugar-free cough drops have little to no side effects and contain vitamins and/or herbs that can additionally aid a cold. Sucking on these will increase saliva flow in your mouth which is helpful in flushing out bacteria.
Some cough-drops taste just like candy. That is because these options contain sugar as their main ingredient. Sugar-filled cough drops are just as bad as sucking on candy. Cavity-causing bacteria thrive under these conditions. When choosing cough drops, opt for a sugar-free option to best protect your smile from cavities.
Staying hydrated while you are sick is not only good for your body, it is also helpful for your smile. Some of the medicine that you are taking while sick may dry your mouth out. Drinking water rather than other sugar drink options is healthier for your whole body especially your teeth. Water flushes out food particles and quenches a dry mouth. Dry mouth can increase your risk of cavities. It is imperative that you continue to drink water.
Unfortunately, with the flu and other sicknesses, you may find yourself vomiting. Always rinse your mouth and spit out any remaining residue. You should brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. The stomach acid that comes up with vomit coats your teeth and it could be harmful to your enamel if you don’t brush it off immediately. You can neutralize the acid by swishing and rinsing with a mixture of baking soda and water.
Whether you are sick now, or you are just preparing for the future, it is always important to keep up your oral hygiene. Your mouth is the gateway to your body and everything you put in your mouth affects your body. Call OC Healthy Smiles today at (714) 545-0484 to schedule your next exam and cleaning!