It’s that time of year again. It’s cold and flu season. Taking care of your dental health is always important but it is especially important when you are sick. I know it’s hard to get yourself off the couch when you are feeling down and out but don’t make it an excuse for putting your oral health on the back burner!
There are a couple of key tips to keep in mind if you get sick to maintain good oral hygiene. First, when picking out cough drops to help sooth a sore throat make sure you look for “sugar-free” on the label. Otherwise it is just like eating candy which coats your teeth with sugar. Along with the sugar-free cough drops be careful about the drinks you choose as well. Drinks like orange juice or sports drinks are great while you’re sick but they also have a lot of sugar; so don’t over-do it. Be sure to stay hydrated with water during sickness to avoid getting dry mouth. Lastly, always rinse your mouth after vomiting. It is actually recommended that you don’t brush your teeth right away after vomiting due to all the stomach acids that are in it. If you brush right away you are just rubbing the acids all over your teeth. Instead, swish with some water diluted with mouth rinse and then spit. Brush about 30 minutes later.
Getting sick is sometimes uncontrollable. But taking the proper steps to maintain good oral hygiene while sick is something that is in your control. I don’t know about you, but when I take extra care of my body and oral health when I’m sick I start to feel better quicker.