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How to Care for Your Mouth When You’re Sick

How to Care for Your Mouth When You’re Sick

If you feel sick, you probably feel like doing anything. Maybe you have difficulties carrying out even the small actions of daily care. However, taking care of your mouth when you are sick is something you should never avoid. 

How to Care for Your Mouth When You are Sick?

If you feel sick, you probably feel like doing anything. Maybe you have difficulties carrying out even the small actions of daily care. However, taking care of your mouth when you are sick is something you should never avoid. 

The consequences of not doing it are dangerous and will lead to further complications to your health. That is why we want to give you some tips to take care of your mouth when you’re sick… in a practical, simple, and effective way!

Be the only one who uses your toothbrush

The toothbrush is a strictly personal hygiene item. Although it is something you should never really do, we recommend you absolutely refrain from doing it when you are sick. 

Especially if your discomfort is due to a cold, as this is when your immune system is most weakened. Keep in mind that flu germs and viruses are active on moist surfaces for up to 72 hours.

If you take cough drops, make sure it doesn’t contain sugar

If you take cough drops, make sure they don’t contain sugar. Most of those pills have sugar in their ingredients. As you may already know, sugar accumulates in the teeth, causing problems such as cavities

Since the cough drop will be in your mouth for a few minutes, it’s best to avoid causing sugar buildup. If you are going to consume cough medicine, try to take it in the form of pills instead of liquid.

Hydration is vital

Stay hydrated. If your nose’s stuffy and your throat itches. If your mouth is drier than usual, drink a glass of water immediately. Avoid getting to that point. Try to drink several glasses of water throughout the day.

If the illness has made you vomit, rinse your mouth

And brush your mouth if you have the chance. Stomach acid builds up on the teeth after vomiting!

Get a new brush

Once you’re feeling better, you should use a new toothbrush to avoid unwanted germs that illness may have lingered around your old brush.

Floss

Not only should you rub it between your teeth, but also use it to keep your tongue clean. The vast majority of bacteria and germs will stay there while you are sick. The correct way to do it is back to front. 

Make sure the thread is silk, and when you finish using it, proceed to rinse your mouth. This will help you eliminate the remains that may have detached from the tongue and have remained in other spaces of your mouth.

Other necessary actions that we recommend you take to take care of your mouth when you are sick are:

  • Have a proper diet.
  • Quit smoking and chewing tobacco..
  • Avoid stress.

At Pennant Hills, we help you protect your teeth for the long term. Remember to schedule your routine visits with one of our professional dentists.

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