We are entering the time of year when it seems like just about everyone has a cold or the flu. When we are under the weather, we are far too likely to let our regular oral hygiene habits slip. That is why our Tinley Park dentists are here with some information that can help you care for your smile even when you’re not feeling your best.
Keep reading to learn more about some commonly experienced symptoms, and what you can do about them.
Post-nasal drip occurs when an excess of mucus from your sinuses runs into your throat. This unpleasant sensation can also lead to a sore throat, and it is commonly associated with bad breath. Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water, as well as brushing and flossing as recommended. You can also gargle with salt water or a specially-formulated rinse to refresh your mouth.
Whether you have the flu or food poisoning, vomiting is never fun, and it’s never good for your smile. In fact, the acids from your stomach can burn your throat and weaken your teeth. It’s best to vigorously rinse your mouth, rather than brushing your teeth, after vomiting, as your enamel may be temporarily weakened due to acid exposure.
When you are not feeling well it is more important than ever to make sure that you are drinking enough water. Staying hydrated supports your immune system generally. However, it also helps to prevent dry-mouth, an environment in which bacteria thrive. Take the time rinse your smile regularly throughout the day, and keep water next to your bed—even the smallest sips help!
If you want even more information about dental care during illness, our Tinley Park dentists are here to help—just give us a call!