How To Take Care Of Your Teeth While Sick

It’s winter, which means that cold and flu season is fully upon us. Even if you don’t end up with a fever, the cold weather will have most people feeling under the weather before the season is over. At Stadium Dental and Orthodontics, we understand that getting out of bed when you aren’t feeling well can be a daunting task, but it is important to still remember to take care of your smile. In today’s blog, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist will give you some helpful tips for keeping your smile healthy when you aren’t feeling your best.

Watch Out for Extra Sugar

Sugar can sometimes hide in plain sight within our usual remedies for sickness, like throat lozenges, liquid medicine, electrolyte drinks, and cough drops. When these things enter our mouths, they become feasts for the bacteria that cause decay, making you far more susceptible to cavities. So, when you are looking for things that will help ease your symptoms, try to always opt for sugar free options to prevent your teeth from needing restorative care after sucking on a lozenge.

Keep Your Mouth (and Toothbrush) Clean

Even when you don’t feel like it, you need to get up long enough to brush and floss your teeth each day. Not only will it help you prevent dental health issues, but maintaining your normal dental hygiene routine can also help make you feel cleaner overall, which can make you feel better when you’re feeling ill. You should also remember to practice good toothbrush storage, keeping it upright so that it can fully dry after you brush to prevent it from being a damp, welcoming surface for bacteria and viruses. And, even though it’s unlikely that you could re-infect yourself, you shouldn’t ever let anyone else use your toothbrush, and you should replace it every three months in accordance with recommendations from the American Dental Association.

Be Careful With Acidic Substances

Sometimes, hot tea can be appealing when we are sick because it helps to warm us up and can aid in soothing a sore throat. However, if you are going to drink tea, it is important to refrain from adding lemon. While this is a commonly suggested remedy, lemon juice is extremely acidic and can break down the enamel on your teeth, leaving you at a higher risk of developing cavities and needing a filling. So, it is best to drink your tea plain, as it will still be soothing, and it is less likely to negatively affect your dental health.

Keep Your Teeth Healthy In Our Office

Dental health is important all the time, even when you’re sick. So, if you have just gotten over an illness, or if you are due for your six month checkup and cleaning, schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist today by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.