Here we are in the middle of cold and flu season. While your dentist in Marysville sincerely hopes you stay healthy, if you do come down with the bug, then you also need to take care of your dental health. Read on to learn what the dentist recommends to feel better!
We know how having a cold or the flu can drain you of energy. You may not even want to get out of bed to brush your teeth. But the truth is brushing can help you feel better. Brushing freshens your mouth and that minty flavor can even temporarily relieve congestion.
Of course, not sharing your toothbrush is important all of the time, but especially when you are sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu virus can live on a moist surface for three days. Keep your toothbrush away from others and out of the reach of children. If you are able to, replace your toothbrush with a new one following an illness.
When buying cough drops at the store, be sure to read the label. Many of these soothing products contain sugar in the form of fructose or corn syrup. In this case, having a cough drop in your mouth is like sucking on a piece of sugary candy, which can lead to cavities.
Stomach acids come in contact with your teeth when you vomit, and brushing right away just spreads the acid over the enamel surface. Rinse and spit with water or a mixture of water and one teaspoon of baking soda after each episode. Wait about 30 minutes to brush your teeth and refresh your mouth.
When you are sick and especially when you have a fever, your body needs extra fluids to stay hydrated. Another reason to drink plenty of fluids is to avoid dry mouth, which is not only uncomfortable but can also increase the risk of tooth decay. You can also try sucking on sugar-free cough drops or throat lozenges to promote saliva production that will also prevent dryness.
In addition, water is the best choice for your body and your mouth. If your doctor recommends sports drinks because they have electrolytes, then drink in moderation. These typically have a lot of sugar. And if you enjoy a hot drink when you are not feeling well, try to avoid adding lemon and sugar.
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At Allen Creek Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing all of the services our patients need to have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Our services include preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as sleep apnea therapy, periodontal therapy and emergency dentistry. Call our office today to schedule a visit.