Posted on 10/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
When you get sick with any type of illness, your main focus is on doing what you need to manage the symptoms and to get over the illness. The only thing worse than getting sick with any type of illness is if the illness creates other problems.
Your oral health is at risk any time you are sick. In addition to dealing with whatever is making you sick, you should also learn what you need to do to keep your mouth healthy, so you don't run into new problems after the illness.
The Things You Do When You Are Sick
When you are sick, there are several things that can happen that can impact your oral health. One obvious problem is if you suffer from vomiting as a result of the illness. When you vomit, stomach acids will come into contact with your teeth and gums. The response to vomiting is to brush your teeth right away. This can actually spread the acids around the teeth instead of removing them. It is better rinse out your mouth with a mixture of water and baking soda to neutralize and remove the acids and then to brush about 30 minutes later.
Another common thing to do when you are sick is to turn to cough drops and cough suppressants. While these can help with some of the symptoms you have, they are often high in sugar and can damage your teeth and gums. This is especially true with cough drops that you keep in your mouth until they dissolve. Turn to sugar-free products to help maintain your oral health.
Stick with Some Basics
When you are sick, it is important to stay hydrated. Dry mouth can lead to cavities and if you do not drink enough, this could present a problem. The best thing to drink is water, but if you do turn to other fluids be careful about the amount of sugar in them.
The best way to keep your good oral health during an illness is no different than when you are healthy. Following a good oral hygiene routine is the best way to maintain good oral health at any time. It is harder when you are sick, but no less important.
Contact us today and schedule an appointment to keep your teeth as healthy and happy as you can.