Oral Hygiene When You Are Sick

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A cold or the flu can hit you at any time, although getting sick in the summer can be very disappointing. Even if you have to take a break from summer activities to recover, you still need to take care of your teeth.

You need to get plenty of rest when you are sick. But you should still take the time to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Getting plenty of fluids is also important, but you should go easy on the sports drinks and avoid energy drinks. The best drink for your teeth when you are sick or well is water. A cup of tea may make you feel better, and if you have one, don’t add sugar or lemon. Lemon juice contains acid that can damage your tooth enamel, and sugar can contribute to the development of cavities.

You should also use sugarless cough drops and cough syrup as well since both substances can remain in your mouth for a long time. If you throw up, the acids in your stomach will end up in your mouth and can damage your teeth. You may want to brush your teeth right away, but hold off on that urge. You should rinse your teeth with a mixture of baking soda and water. Then, give your saliva thirty minutes to neutralize the remaining acids in your mouth before you brush.

Our dentist, Dr. Dexter Inniss can give you more tips on how to take care of your teeth in Conyers, Georgia, no matter if you are sick or well. If you would like to learn more, or are just ready for your regular cleaning and exam, you can call Gentle Touch Dental at 770-760-7566. We look forward to seeing you soon.