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How to Care for and Look after Your Teeth when You Are Sick

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
How to Care for and Look after Your Teeth when You Are SickOur oral health often suffers when we are sick or feeling under the weather. There are several reasons as to why that happens, such as:

•  Frequent vomiting that can lead to enamel decay.
•  Spread of bacteria in the mouth due to using an infected toothbrush.
•  Feeling dehydrated since being ill leads to loss of fluids in the body, resulting in dehydration and dry mouth. This, in turn, increases the risk of dental health problems such as gingivitis and dental decay.
•  Feeling lethargic and tired that prevents you from taking care of your teeth.

Tips on Looking After Your Teeth When You Are Sick

Whether you have the cold or flu, or you are dealing with something else, it's extremely important for you to look after your teeth because, at the end of the day, there's a strong connection between oral health and your general health.

Here are some ways and tips that will help you care for your teeth when you are sick.

•  Change your toothbrush and keep it away from other toothbrushes to avoid the spread of bacteria and infection.
•  Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
•  Make sure to swish and spit every time you vomit and wait for 30 minutes before you brush your teeth. As tempted as you might be to brush your teeth right after, it is best to wait because when you vomit, the acids from the stomach come into contact with your teeth. If you brush immediately, you will end up spreading the acids all over the enamel.
•  Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and dry mouth because your need fluids to keep the saliva flowing.

If you need any kind of help or dental care while you are sick, contact Simi Hills Dental at (805) 306-0200 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Justin E. Stout DMD and Dr. Stout will help cater to your dental needs and suggest the right treatment methods.
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