Caring For Teeth When Sick
What is your favorite season of the year? Although each season has its positives and negatives, one of the biggest negatives of the winter season is getting sick. After the past few years, we think we can all agree that we know more about illness than ever before. For example, many of us are more diligent about using hand sanitizer and washing our hands whenever possible. No matter what precautions you may take, catching an illness is always a concern. You may be surprised to learn there are certain precautions you should take with your oral health when you are sick.
Replace Your Toothbrush
While it is typically recommended to replace your toothbrush every three months, it is imperative that you replace your toothbrush after you have been sick, even if it was a common cold. Your toothbrush harbors bacteria on a daily basis, and it is typically not harmful to your oral and overall health. However, bad bacteria can become a problem on your toothbrush after you have been sick. It is possible to reinfect yourself or a loved one if your toothbrushes are close together.
You want to be sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids when you don’t feel well. Water is ideal, but we know it can be difficult to drink depending on your illness. Hydration is needed to help prevent dry mouth. If you choose to drink a soft drink or sports drink, be sure that you are continuing to brush your teeth to remove any lingering sugar and bacteria from the teeth.
If you need something like a cough drop when you aren’t feeling your best, be sure to choose a sugar-free one. Being that cough drops are typically held in your mouth until they dissolve, they can leave large amounts of sugar and bacteria on your teeth. Choosing a sugar-free option is a better choice.
We kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling under the weather. If you are feeling healthy and are concerned about the state of your oral health, or it has been longer than six months since your last visit, we encourage you to call our office located in Silverdale, WA to schedule an appointment. We wish you health and wellness during the winter season!