When you’re not feeling well, the last thing you might feel like doing is taking care of your oral health. But for some people, brushing their teeth when they are under the weather makes them feel just a bit better.
It’s important to take care of your body when you have a cold or the flu, and that includes taking care of your teeth and gums. Here are some recommendations from your Aurora dentist for taking care of oral health—even when you are ill.
Practice Good Hygiene
You should always cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, but this is especially important when you are sick. As always, never share your toothbrush. Brush at least twice a day—even if you don’t feel like it.
Some dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush after going through a bout of illness. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush as soon as you notice the bristles becoming bent.
Rinse Your Mouth After Vomiting
An unfortunate side of effect of some illnesses is vomiting. It might be instinctual to brush your teeth immediately afterward, but it’s best to just rinse your mouth first. Because of the stomach acids that come into contact with your teeth, brushing right after just spreads those around all of your teeth. You can safely brush about a half hour after rinsing and swishing.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
One of the many reasons to stay hydrated when you are sick is to prevent dry mouth. Often if you are taking medications, such as antihistamines, these can make your mouth feel cottony. Dry mouth is uncomfortable, but it can also lead to the formation of decay on your teeth. Keep the saliva flowing by drinking plenty of water. You can suck on cough drops or candies, but make sure they are sugar-free.
Talk to Your Aurora Dentist
To keep yourself healthy this winter, make sure you are current on twice yearly trips to the dentist. If it’s been a while, make an appointment at your Aurora dentist Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Call us today!