Cold & Flu
Many people neglect there dental care when they are ill due to lack of energy or feeling unwell. When you are feeling under the weather and have a cold or flu not only is it important to take care of your body health but your dental health is important too, especially when you are sick.
Practice good hygiene- Always be sure to cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. Including washing and sanitizing your hands. Brushing your teeth, flossing and use antiseptic mouth rinses often. Never share your toothbrush with anyone, this is especially if you are sick. It can spread bacteria back and forth and may cause others to catch your sickness or make yours last longer.
Avoid cough drops and throat lozenges with sugar, the longer they are in your mouth the higher risk for cavities. Look for a sugar-free mouth drops without corn syrup or fructose in them. Rinsing with warm salt water could help relieve some symptoms of a sore throat. The warm water and salt may loosen thick mucus that can lessen bacteria in the throat.
Stay hydrated- not only with this help with your body but it will help with avoiding dry mouth. Being sick and certain medications may cause dry mouth, putting you at risk for cavities. Avoid cracked or dry lips, by using a lip balm to keep them hydrated.