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Replace Your Toothbrush and Other Tips for Oral Health during an Illness

April 9, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Jared Lusk
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The calendar might say spring, but there are still plenty of winter-time illnesses to go around. If you have caught the latest bug that has left you coughing, sneezing, and longing to lie in bed all day, you still shouldn’t neglect your oral health.

Here’s what a dentist in Farmington, NM recommends when it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums when you are under the weather.

Tip #1—Replace Your Toothbrush

The toothbrush you used while you were sick should be tossed once you are feeling better. You can’t be re-infected with the same illness, but there can be new bacteria on your brush to which you might be susceptible.

Tip #2—Stay Hydrated

If you have a stuffy nose, it’s tough to breathe normally. Breathing through your mouth more can mean a reduced amount of saliva flow—and increased growth of bacteria. Keep water nearby while you are ill and take small sips frequently. Cough drops—with no sugar—can also help keep the saliva flowing.

Tip #3—Rinse But Don’t Brush Right after Vomiting

Although it seems natural to reach for the toothbrush after throwing up, it’s best to rinse your mouth with plain water first. The stomach acids in your mouth from vomiting need time to neutralize before you take a brush to them.

Tip #4—Swish with Saltwater

Swishing your mouth with saltwater a few times a day not only helps reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth, but it can also ease a sore throat. Use a tablespoon of salt in a cup of lukewarm water and gargle for about a minute.

Tip #5—Don’t Skip Brushing

When you’re not feeling well, it is tempting to skip brushing. You still need to keep your teeth clean, however, and brushing will probably feel quite refreshing.

Follow these tips from a top dentist in Farmington, NM to ensure you maintain good oral health—even when you are not feeling well. Call Lusk Family Dentistry if it’s time to make an appointment for a routine examination and cleaning!

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