Often times when we are sick, we find ourselves lacking the strength to accomplish anything. Even getting out of bed can be a chore. However, it is important to still maintain effective health care procedures to not only fight the illness but also to prevent future illnesses from arising. This includes taking care of your oral health whenever possible. No matter how sick you are, you will still need to clean out your mouth. Furthermore, being sick can actually make it worse in your mouth because several oral health risks can arise due to the presence of an illness.
If you ever find yourself throwing up, it is important to remember that stomach acids have traveled up your esophagus and into your mouth. Those stomach acids are extremely detrimental to your smile as they can wear away your tooth enamel. However, you should not try to clean out your mouth with brushes or toothpaste after throwing up as they may cause additional dental abrasion. Instead, use nonabrasive tools such as mouthwash or sugarless chewing gum.
Another highly effective tool for improving your overall health when you are sick is through constant hydration. Make sure that you drink plenty of liquids as they will not only help fight the illness, but they lower your risk of dry mouth. Saliva production is essential for protecting your teeth and gums. Also, remember to stay sugar-free with your diet and never try to bite into cough drops or other remedies that are too hard as it can easily chip and crack your teeth. As a general rule of thumb, continue brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day when the time is safe to do so.
If you want to experience the joys of proper oral health care ideas during cold and flu season at JP Dental and Implant Center, simply call Dr. John P. Poovey and our team at 970-243-2025 to set up an appointment at our dentist office in Grand Junction, Colorado.