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Achoo!! Why You Shoudn't Skimp on Your Oral Health Routine... Especially When You're Sick!

April 29, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Kristen Mazzei
Don't Skip Your Brushing When You Are Sick | Stay Hydrated

When you're sick, the last thing you feel like doing is brushing your teeth; however, keeping up your oral health is an important part of getting back on the path to wellness. Here are some other helpful tips to get you through your sickness faster, while also protecting your oral health.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking fluids is vital when you're sick to hydrate your body, and they also help to keep your mouth hydrated, so you don't suffer from the dry mouth that is sometimes caused by certain medications or cough drops.

Your best bet is to choose water when you're sick, or tea if you feel like you want a warm beverage. Avoid sugary drinks that can contribute to tooth decay.

Choose Sugar-Free Cough Drops

Cough drops can help relieve a sore throat or cold; however, many cough drops have sugar, which makes it similar to sucking on candy all day long. Be sure to choose cough drops that are sugar-free so you don't have to worry about promoting cavities while you're sick.

Maintain Your Oral Hygiene

Be sure to keep brushing your teeth at least twice a day while you're sick, even if you don't feel like it. Brushing helps to remove the bacteria that builds up in your mouth that could be contributing to your illness.

You can replace your toothbrush or brush head when you start to feel well again so you don't prolong your sickness.

Handling Vomiting

If you encounter the stomach flu, you may also have to deal with vomiting. You may feel like you want to brush your teeth right away after you throw up, but believe it or not, you should actually avoid brushing right away. Swishing with mouth rinse or water is your best bet, and then you can brush 30 minutes later to avoid spreading the acids from your stomach around your teeth.

Atlantic Dental offers exceptional family dentistry in Ocean City, MD. We're happy to answer any questions you have about your oral health and help you arrange your next appointment. Give us a call today!

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