Staying on top of your oral health when you’re not feeling well isn’t always easy. But, it’s important to continue following your daily brushing and flossing routine as an illness can quickly impact oral health. Dentists in Orlando, FL, with Thornton Park Dental Arts provide these six oral health tips for when you’re sick so that when your body feels healthy again, your smile will be healthy, too!
Whether you’re sick for a day or a week, chances are you feel exhausted and lethargic. But, it’s important to muster up the energy to continue brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria and plaque from your mouth and teeth while creating a refreshed feeling — one that may be more than welcome after being under the weather.
Cough medicines, such as lozenges and syrups, provide respite from pesky coughs with most illnesses. But these common, over-the-counter medicines often have ingredients that can be harmful to oral health. Look for and use sugar-free cough medicines, as medicines including ingredients such as citric acid and high-fructose corn syrup can increase the risk of tooth decay.
Many illnesses, including the common cold, can cause dry mouth, which can quickly affect oral health. Sip water throughout the day and keep a water bottle with you to encourage drinking when ill. Consuming sugar-free cough drops also increases saliva production, which helps fight dry mouth. If you’re still struggling to reduce dry mouth, contact our dental office in Orlando, FL, for more information.
Once your illness has cleared up, it’s time to switch out your toothbrush. While a toothbrush removes bacteria and plaque from your mouth and teeth, it can harbor bacteria and cause a new illness to develop if the use of the toothbrush continues. After you recover, be sure to discard the toothbrush.
Unfortunately, vomiting is common with many illnesses and can leave you scrambling to get rid of a repulsive taste in your mouth. But don’t reach for a toothbrush — rinse your mouth with water instead. Brushing soon after vomiting can unintentionally rub residual stomach acid into your gums and teeth, increasing the risk of enamel erosion.
Dentists in Orlando understand you’d rather stay indoors when unwell than schedule a dental appointment. But skipping an appointment at Thornton Park Dental Arts because of illness could prolong feeling unwell. Colds and other illnesses such as sinusitis are often related to dental issues that your dentist can resolve. Make an appointment with our Orlando dentists and get back on track to feeling well again.