The Importance Of Keeping Your Mouth Healthy When You’re Sick
Although we are loving the crisp air that we experience in Texas during the fall season, it is a reminder that cold and flu season is on the horizon. With the start of the pandemic back in March of 2020, many of our patients have made their health a top priority; however, we cannot forget that common illnesses are still present and can have an affect on our oral health as well as our overall health. We want to share some tips to help you care for your mouth in the event that you should start feeling under the weather. Read on to see how these tips can keep your mouth healthy, even when you might not be feeling the greatest.
Caring for Your Mouth When You are Under the Weather
It is never any fun when you or a loved one are sick and we want to do our part to ensure that you have the knowledge to properly care for your mouth when you might not be feeling the greatest. Properly caring for your oral health can help your body fight off an illness and eliminate the potential for it to quickly return. We hope that you find these tips helpful:
Do Not Share Toothbrushes
The bacteria in your mouth is unique to you, and sharing it with others opens both of you up to the possibility of developing serious infections and illnesses. It doesn’t matter your relationship to someone — everyone should always use their own toothbrush.
Replace Your Toothbrush After an Illness
It is important to throw out your toothbrush after you have been sick and replace it with a new one. Bacteria can linger on your toothbrush, causing you to reinfect yourself.
Avoid Touching Your Mouth
Although most adults have become more aware of touching their mouths, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your fingers away. Bacteria live on your hands and your mouth, and you can easily transfer bacteria to yourself or others. If you are a nail-biter, it is important that you break this habit.
Use Sugar-Free Cough Drops
If you have a cough or cold, it is common to use cough drops for some relief. It is best to go for sugar-free options. Cough drops stay in your mouth until they have dissolved and have the potential to leave large amounts of sugar on your teeth. This can lead to decay and cavities. The last thing you want after being sick is to need a dental treatment.
We kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling under the weather. If you are feeling healthy and are concerned about the state of your oral health, or it has been longer than six months since your last visit, we encourage you to call our office located in Lewisville, TX to schedule an appointment. We wish you health and wellness during the remainder of the fall season.