When you get sick, there is likely a lot on your mind as far as your recovery, but make sure that your dental hygiene stays at the top of the list. Even though you feel unwell, you still need to take steps to protect your teeth while you are ill.
Don't Forget to Brush and Floss
When you are sick, you probably want to stay in bed and watch Netflix all day. While rest is essential to a swift recovery, you can't forget about your oral hygiene. To protect your teeth, make sure to brush at least twice per day and floss daily.
Don't Brush Immediately After Vomiting
After you throw up, you may be tempted to brush right away in order to get that foul taste out of your mouth. However, this can actually harm your teeth, as vomit is highly acidic. Brushing while these acids are in your mouth could actually damage the enamel, so instead, rinse your mouth out with water. Wait about 30 minutes before you brush.
Stay Hydrated If you are experiencing a sore throat, cold, or sinus issues, you may notice that your mouth feels dry. Staying hydrated by sipping on water throughout the day will both help your recovery and will protect your teeth. Dry mouth is a major risk factor for tooth decay, but keeping your mouth well-lubricated can protect your teeth.
Rinse with Salt Water
Rinsing your mouth out with salt water is another helpful tip to care for your mouth when you are sick. This activity will rid your mouth of bacteria and other germs before they have a chance to impact your gums and teeth.
If you are recovering from an illness and are concerned about your teeth, please give our office a call. We will perform a cleaning and thorough examination to ensure your teeth are in optimal condition.
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