When you’re feeling under the weather, the last thing you want to do is roll out of bed to brush or floss your teeth. Nevertheless, your daily oral health becomes even more important when you’re sick.
This is the age-old tip that every doctor gives someone who has come down with an illness, but sometimes its importance is neglected. Rehydrating yourself during a cold allows the congestion to flow more readily and generally aids your body in fighting the virus. It's the same with the flu: drinking a lot of liquids allows your body to “flush out” the virus faster. That being said, water is the best thing to drink, especially for your teeth. If you drink a lot of sugary soda and sports drinks to replenish electrolytes and energy lost due to the virus’s effects, you could be doing more harm to your teeth than good. While everything is good in moderation, try to limit the sugary drinks when you’re sick and trade them in for water.
It can be hard to resist the temptation of sweets, especially near the holiday season. Unfortunately, Christmas cookies and seasonal drinks, cakes, and pies can harm your teeth. After you treat yourself, make sure to brush your teeth with a Brushee if you’re on the run or reach for your at-home toothbrush.
Some cough drops and cough syrups have added sugars in them, which can escalate oral hygiene problems. Make sure to reach for the sugar-free cough drops and tablet form of cough syrups when you go to the drugstore the next time you’re not feeling well.
If you don’t take these steps, you may make your cavities worse or develop new ones, and no one wants that on top of a cold or flu virus.
Do things as you normally would, and you’re set! Brushing twice a day as well as flossing and using mouthwash at least once a day are important to keep your mouth smelling fresh and clean. Consider gargling with salt water too, because it helps alleviate your sore throat and cleans your mouth at the same time. Even when you’re not feeling yourself, keeping up with your regular hygiene habits can help you feel a little bit more normal and healthy.
You may think that it’s okay to keep using the same tooth brush after a cold or a 24-hour flu, but you could reinfect yourself with the same germs all over again, and nobody wants that. Get healthy and stay healthy after coming down with a virus by replacing your old toothbrush as soon as you start to feel like yourself again.
Follow these tips, and you won’t skip a beat when it comes to oral hygiene this cold and flu season!