We all know what it feels like to be stuck with a cold or flu. The feeling is not fun and at times can feel overwhelming with all the tasks you have to do but feeling too tired and worn from the illness to do them. However, when you are down with the cold or flu, that is when you should consider your oral health a top priority. The reasons are simple and begin with what happens when you are sick.
When you have a cold or flu, your body usually starts with a sore throat and nasal congestion. As a result, you suffer from dry mouth, which reduces the flow of saliva in your body. This is dangerous because saliva keeps cavities and bacteria from lingering and sticking to your gums and teeth. In fact, dry mouth can increase bacteria production, which could add to your poor health. Additionally, decongestants or antihistamines reduce saliva flow too, which can be a double threat. To combat dry mouth while you are taking nasal decongestants, drink plenty of water, and make sure you always have some nearby.
If you are struggling with an upset stomach while you are ill, we encourage you to keep brushing and flossing your teeth. Acids from your stomach and illness can cause erosion, which will damage your teeth in the long run. So, remember to brush and floss each day, and add the benefit of mouthwash to fight away any new bacteria that could be in your mouth while you are sick.
Our dentist Dr. Reeve Abraben with Lake City Family Dental Center, PA in Lake City, Florida, hopes if an illness strikes that you can recover soon. If you find yourself in need of a professional dental cleaning, please call 386.752.1342 today. Our team is always happy to help you feel better.