When you are sick, you don’t want to do anything. Well, you might want to watch TV or read a book, but beyond that, you don’t want to do anything—especially drag yourself into a cold bathroom to brush your teeth. But brushing and flossing are not things you can put off until you feel over your illness. Actually, spending some time taking care of your teeth might make you feel better.
There are some things you can do while you are down and out that help ensure that you don’t get cavities. Cough drops and cough syrup can help you feel better, but if you use them, make sure to get the sugar-free variety. Most people don’t brush after taking cough syrup, and cough drops spend a long time in your mouth, leaving your teeth exposed to sugar. Sugar-free cough drops and cough syrups will help you avoid that problem.
You need to stay hydrated when you are sick and sports drinks may help you feel better, but those drinks are high in sugar. A cup of hot tea can warm you up. If you opt for tea, leave out the sugar and the lemon. Lemon is high in acid, which is a key component in creating cavities. Water is always the best option for staying hydrated. Speaking of acid, if you find yourself throwing up, don’t reach for your toothbrush. Well, not right away. Vomiting brings stomach acids into your mouth, and of do throw up, rinse your mouth with a mixture of baking soda and water. Then, wait for thirty minutes before brushing.
Good dental habits are important, no matter what is going on in your life. If you have questions about taking care of your teeth when you are sick, our dentist, Dr. Thomas R. Watkins can help. If you live in the San Antonio, Texas, area and would like plan your visit to W Dental Group, call 210-526-0925 today.