Nobody likes getting sick. When you are sick you lose your overall health is jeopardized. This includes your oral health. Studies suggest that your oral health and overall health are closely related, and the wellbeing of one greatly impacts the other. Because of this, when you are sick you have a higher risk of dental issues like cavities and gum disease because of the increased levels of bacteria. Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy when you are sick.
Keep Your Mouth Clean
There are bacteria in your mouth. But, it is important to know that not all bacteria are bad. The “good bacteria” help break down food as you eat it, but “bad bacteria” can develop when you eat too many sugary foods. Because of this, when you get sick, even more bacteria are introduced into your mouth, which can speed up the formation of cavities and the intensity of gum disease.
- Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time
- Use mouthwash to help clear out bad bacteria
- Remember to get a new toothbrush once you feel better
Be Mindful of Cavities
The most important thing you can do when you are sick is to stay hydrated. Drinking water allows your immune system to help fight the infection. But, it also helps your oral health by cleaning out any plaque, stopping the growth of bacteria, and strengthening your enamel. Another thing to be mindful of is the medication you are taking. Some medications cause dry mouth which can cause bad bacteria to grow. Also, most medications like cough syrups contain a lot of sugar which can cause cavities.
Protect Your Enamel
Some viruses can cause people to throw up. The first thing many people do is brush their teeth. Don’t. What you should do instead, is to rinse your mouth out with water and wait about 20 minutes before brushing. Your stomach acids can actually do more damage to your enamel if you brush right away.
Be sure to take care of your oral health during the flu season. If you have any questions or need help with some potential cavities, be sure to schedule your appointment with us here at Blue Bird Dentistry in Fredericksburg, VA.