Caring for Your Mouth When You're Sick

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Taking care of your teeth each day is important; even when you’re sick, you still want to continue proper dental hygiene. 

So, besides continuing to brush and floss your teeth, what should you do to keep your mouth healthy when you are not feeling well?
Cough Drops
Some cough drops contain sugar. So even if they are helping your throat, your teeth are being harmed! When you are buying cough drops make sure they are sugar-free. 
Your Toothbrush
You may want to replace your toothbrush once you get better. Bacteria from the flu has the ability to live on surfaces for up to 72 hours, so, if you want to be extra safe, getting a clean toothbrush is a good idea.
Some medicines may cause you to experience dry mouth, which is a problem since saliva is our bodies’ natural cavity fighter. If your medicine is drying out your mouth, make sure you are drinking plenty of water to help keep harmful bacteria from forming around your teeth and gums.
If you are due for a cleaning or have any concerns about the health of your mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lechner in Delaware, OH.

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