To help improve your overall oral health, you will need to make sure that you’re always implementing safe and effective oral hygiene plans every single day, which couldn’t be truer than when you find yourself ill. Oftentimes, decreased energy levels flatten people when they’re sick, which often means they find themselves cutting out their oral hygiene routines first. However, your teeth are at an additional risk of damage during this time, so it is important to continue cleaning your mouth, even if you suffer from a cold or the flu.
Your cleaning habits shouldn’t change when you are sick. You will need to make sure that you are continually brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day as well. If you suffer from decreased energy levels, it may help to switch to easier to electric toothbrushes or water flossers.
If you find yourself getting sick and throwing up, stomach acid will travel up to your esophagus and into your mouth. These stomach acids are capable of eating through your tooth enamel and causing cavities. These acids heighten the risk of dental abrasion, and toothbrushes and toothpaste should not be used for 30 minutes after you vomit. You can rinse your mouth with a salt and water solution or use baking soda. It is a good idea to avoid cough drops and cough syrups that contain sugar and to avoid putting sugar in your tea. Lastly, make sure to keep your mouth hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your illness.
Are you interested in learning more about oral health care in Anchorage, Alaska? If so, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with Dr. F. Todd Wortham & Seth Jorgensen at our dental office by calling us at 907-885-2436. Foothills Dentistry looks forward to enhancing your smile all year long.