When you’re sick, it’s important to get plenty of rest, but you also want to make sure you’re keeping up with your dental hygiene routine.
Below, Dr. Levine goes over a couple of other things to remember when you’re sick.
Flu bacteria can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours. If you want to be extra cautious, you may want to replace your toothbrush once you feel better.
Some cough drops contain sugar, and, since cough drops stay in your mouth for extended periods of time, the sugar can harm your teeth and increase your risk of cavities. When you buy cough drops, make sure they are sugar-free.
Drink Plenty of Water
If you are taking medicine, a possible side-effect you may encounter is dry mouth. Saliva is our bodies’ way of fighting cavities and, if your medicine is drying out your mouth, you may be increasing your risk for issues such as tooth decay. To combat this, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
Practicing proper dental hygiene every day is important even when you’re sick. If you have any questions about the health of your mouth or are due for a cleaning, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levine today.