Are you feeling under the weather? The most important thing you can do is to rest and take care of your body. Part of that means caring for your oral health. Here are a few things that you can do:
-Keep up Your Oral Hygiene Routine: It can be easy to forget about brushing and flossing your teeth when you’re sick, but this is as important a time as ever to keep up with your routine. As a side note, there’s likely no need to replace your toothbrush after you get better, unless your immune system is severely compromised. But if it’s been a few months since you’ve had it anyway, feel free to throw it out.
-Rinse Your Mouth After Vomiting: Rather than brushing your teeth right away after vomiting, wait a little while. If you do it too soon, you’ll rub the acid from the vomit all over your teeth. Instead, dilute an antiseptic mouthwash or rinse your mouth with water and a teaspoon of baking soda. You can brush your teeth about 30 minutes later.
-Stay Hydrated: Did your mom always tell you to “drink plenty of fluids” when you’re sick? That’s good advice. One reason is to prevent dry mouth—a condition in which your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva to wash away the bad bacteria and food particles in your mouth. Illness and medications can dry out your mouth, so fight back by drinking plenty of water and sucking on sugarless cough drops to keep the saliva flowing.
Do you have any questions about your dental health during your illness? Feel free to give our office in Jupiter, Florida, a call at 561-746-8095. And when you’re feeling better, you can come and see Dr. Higham and Dr. Sauchelli for a checkup. We hope you get well soon!