Oral Care When You Are Sick

January 12, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Richard Leung
Temple Tx Dentist | Toothbrush

When you are sick with the flu or a cold, taking care of your oral health is probably the last thing on your mind. Nobody expects you to practice perfect dental care when you have trouble dragging yourself out of bed, but there are a few things you should definitely try to keep in mind.

Oral care tips for when you are sick

  • You may not like brushing and flossing to begin with, but you might be surprised how much better you will feel with a clean mouth. Just as a shower can pick you up when you don’t feel well, think of oral hygiene as a shower for your mouth.
  • Don’t share your toothbrush when you are sick. In fact, don’t ever share it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the flu virus survives on moist surfaces for 72 hours, so there’s a good chance the other person will become infected.
  • Cough drops can be very soothing, but the last thing you need is all that sugar lingering on your teeth and creating cavities. Opt for sugar-free cough drops that provide the same relief without damaging your teeth.
  • It is essential to stay hydrated when you are sick for several reasons. But a dry mouth can actually put you at increased risk for cavities. Many cold remedies cause dry mouth, so combat the problem by chewing sugar-free gum with Xylitol to stimulate saliva flow.

Being sick is bad enough, but you don’t want to throw oral health problems into the mix, so just remember not to neglect the health of your mouth. Following these simple steps will help you get through flu season without damaging your oral health.

Dental Care in Temple, TX

If you would like more tips for taking care of your oral health when you’re sick, please call Temple Dental Trails in Temple, TX. 

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