When we get sick it might seem like a decent opportunity to put our oral health routines on pause since we’re not feeling like our normally happy, healthy selves.
However, brushing your teeth when you’re sick will help ensure your mouth stays clean and free of bacterial contamination. Having a clean mouth will help you feel refreshed and a touch more healthy than you would if you left your mouth unclean throughout your sickness.
1.) Hydrate Well
Stay hydrated when you’re sick and when you’re well to ensure your mouth doesn’t dry out and become a bacterial hotbed, which will certainly compromise your oral health for the length of your illness. Drink plenty of water and try to use tap water here and there (if it’s fluoridated).
2.) Use Sugar Free Popsicles and Cough Drops
Using sugar-free options for cough drops and popsicles will ensure your mouth doesn’t get bogged down with sugars and acids that will put your teeth and enamel in jeopardy.
3.) Clean Your Mouth After Getting Sick
After vomiting, make sure you rinse your mouth with water. After your nausea has subsided, wait 45 minutes after rinsing your mouth for the final time to brush and floss your teeth, if you’re feeling well again.
4.) Steer Clear of Soda
Even though it might be tempting to have a soft drink, try to avoid sugary carbonated beverages, which have sugars and acids that will run amok in your mouth.
5.) See Your Dentist After Getting Well
Schedule a quick maintenance visit with Audubon Dental Center after you get well to ensure everything is up to spec when it comes to your healthy smile. Dr. Tamatha Pantano, DMD is here to help, bringing her 10 years of experience to ADC, helping our patients deal with any oral health problems come up, setting patients up with healthy and vibrant smiles along the way.
Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. We are looking forward to perfecting your smile!