Feeling sick is never easy. Even if we only have a cold, sometimes the general discomfort is such that we put our lives on hold for a while. Oral self-care when you’re ill can be the last thing on your mind.
Neglecting your oral health when being sick may bring unwanted consequences. Considering a few tips for dental delf-care when you’re ill can save you money, time, and pain.
1. Don’t share your toothbrush.
First things, first.
You should never -ever- share your toothbrush.
That being said… much less you should do it when you’re sick! Viruses, germs, and bacteria can live on moist surfaces for around 72 hours.
Brushes can pass germs to other toothbrushes if they get touched in the bathroom. Be sure to store your brush separately when you’re ill.
2. Use sugar-free cough remedies.
Did you know that many popular expectorants and cough remedies are packed with tons of sugar?
After drinking and holding the medicine in your mouth for several days, sugar can build up on your teeth.
The safest way to prevent unnecessary bacteria in your mouth during illness is to choose a sugar-free option. And if you can’t find one of those, try picking a pill instead of liquid medicine.
3. Stay hydrated.
If there’s one annoying consequence of a stuffed nose and an itchy throat, it’s dry mouth.
But something important about this bothering situation is that it signals a truth: you’re getting dehydrated.
And you may feel tempted to drink energising or sports drinks. Don’t.
Or well, do but in moderation.
Remember, these beverages are usually filled with tons of sugar and acid. The best way to go is always the old reliable water. If you can’t stand water, try tea or natural unsugared juices.
Just keep yourself hydrated. Your body needs water to fight the disease. Dehydration leads to complications and general weakening of your defences.
4. Rinse after throwing up
If you’re battling a stomach bug, you may throw up often. And what’s your first instinct right after? Brushing your teeth, right?
Well, it may not be such a good idea.
Brushing your teeth right after throwing up may extend the stomach acid around your mouth.
What to do, then?
A better option -that would help neutralise the acid and protect your enamel is rinsing with water and 1 tsp of baking soda.
After you do this for a few minutes, go ahead and brush your teeth.
5. Replace your toothbrush
When you finally start feeling better, use a new toothbrush to prevent unwanted germs that may linger on the old fibres. Remember, it’s the perfect breeding ground for long-lasting bacteria.
The worst part about it?
You can beat the disease and get reinfected thanks to your brush. Not in vain is your mouth the gateway to your organism.
And while we are at it, don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. It’s not only that it contains unwanted germs; it also wears out and loses effectiveness.
You don’t want double plaque building over your teeth!
Hopefully, these tips for oral-self care when you’re ill will help you keep your habits checked. And don’t hesitate to set your appointment if needed! Get well!