Sometimes we can’t help but get sick or feel unwell. Whether you catch a cold, double-over from the stomach flu, get a migraine, or suffer from seasonal allergies, you may feel unwell at any time of the year. You can still practice good oral hygiene, even when you’re not feeling 100 percent.
Today’s blog from Parkcrest Dental Group explains four ways to change your oral hygiene routine when you’re sick.
1. Brush When You Can
When you are hurt, in pain, or fatigued, brushing your teeth is the last thing on your mind. However, you should still brush when you can. Brushing your teeth every day when you’re sick can actually help you feel fresher. Even if you can’t brush with toothpaste because the flavor doesn’t sit well, consider brushing with just water and a toothbrush.
2. Keep Dental Floss by Your Bed
If you’re too tired to get out of bed, keep dental floss by your bedside. It sounds a bit strange, but removing food particles between your teeth can help keep your oral hygiene going even when you’re not feeling well. You probably also have a trashcan near your bed, so use that for the dental floss.
3. Rinse Your Mouth After Vomiting
Rinse your mouth after vomiting because stomach acid can eat away your tooth’s enamel. If you want something more robust than water, dilute some mouthwash or mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water to help neutralize any acid that gets on your teeth. Consider brushing your teeth 30 minutes after you rinse to make sure the acid from the vomit washes away.
4. Use Sugar-Free Cough Drops and Beverages
You might use cough drops and throat lozenges to combat whatever illness you have. Consider sugar-free varieties rather than items with sugar in them. Items with sucrose in them can cause acid and bacteria to build up on your teeth, which can wear away your enamel over time.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Dry mouth can happen with many kinds of illnesses, particularly a cold, flu, or other lung ailment. Drink plenty of water, not only to help you heal but also to combat dry mouth. Types of medications can cause dry mouth. Talk to your doctor if you experience dry mouth on a regular basis.
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Oral Hygiene Tips by Parkcrest Dental Group
Talk to Parkcrest Dental Group about oral hygiene tips. We want you and your family to have great dental health! Contact Parkcrest Dental Group online or call (417) 887-1220 for more information or to make an appointment.