It’s typically easy to remember to put your oral health first…until you catch the flu. Suddenly, rest becomes your number one priority, along with nursing a sore throat, upset stomach and an unbearable cough.
Here are a few ways you can keep up your oral health in times of illness.
- Continue your oral health routine as normal. It’s important to continue to brush your teeth twice each day and floss once each day. If you find yourself sick to your stomach, rinse your mouth after vomiting. A store-brand mouthwash will also help to kill bacteria left behind.
- Select a sugar free cough drop. If you’re dealing with a sore throat or frequent cough, sucking on throat lozenges can become a quick way to find relief. Even though cough drops are generally small, it’s easy to use a whole pack in one day. Pick a brand low in sugar so you don’t subject your teeth to too much sweetness.
- Avoid a dry mouth by staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water. On this note, it’s also important to select the right fluids—to help boost your immune system, choose a low-sugar juice high in vitamin C or something with electrolytes.
- Swap out your toothbrush. When you’re feeling better, it’s important to toss your toothbrush and swap it out for a new one that’s germ free.
Wondering what else you can do to care for your teeth when you’re sick? Ask us at your next visit.