Normally, we think about getting sick or getting the flu during the colder months. But the fact is that you might find yourself coming down with something anytime of the year. Viruses know no season.
If you do come down with something, you will be dealing with a fever, the chills, aches and pains. The last thing you want to do is to drag yourself out of bed or off the couch and into a cold bathroom to brush your teeth. But the truth is that your teeth are still accumulating plaque and bacteria, even when you are sick. Just because you aren’t very active at the moment doesn’t mean the plaque isn’t. Truth be told, brushing your teeth while you are sick can make you feel better and your mouth fresher.
If you are taking cough drops and cough syrup, look for the sugar-free varieties. You hold cough drops in your mouth for a long period of time, and cough syrup will stick to your teeth. That sugar will work with the plague in your mouth to create cavities. A nice cup of tea may make you feel better, but leave the sugar out, and don’t add lemon since the citrus acids can damage your teeth.
One of the side effects of the flu is vomiting. When that happens, you may be tempted to brush your teeth right away. It only makes sense, right. But when you throw up, the acids from your stomach end up in your mouth. If you brush right after vomiting, you will only spread the acid around your mouth. Instead, rinse with a solution of baking soda and water, and brush 30 minutes later.
If you have questions about your dental care when you are sick, or at any other time, our dentist, Dr. Keith Dodge has the answers. If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and would like to make an appointment at Dodge Family Dental, call 801-225-8060 today.