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April 2, 2018

Dentist in Altamonte Springs Shares 5 Oral Tips for Sickness

Filed under: Uncategorized — nlcdentistry @ 9:32 pm

woman smilingIt’s normal to not even want to get out of bed when you’re sick. Normally, your doctor and dentist would encourage you to get as much rest as possible to recover in a timely manner—but there is one thing that you should roll over and do every day no matter what: care for your teeth.

Just because you’re under the weather doesn’t mean that you should let your oral health fall by the wayside. In fact, keeping a clean mouth can help clear away some of the sickly bacteria. Learn more about how to care for your teeth while you’re sick in this week’s blog post from your local dentist in Altamonte Springs.

1.      Buy a new toothbrush.

There are a lot of different bacteria that linger in your mouth—good and bad. It’s common for bacteria to stay on the toothbrush after brushing your teeth. That’s why it’s so important that you invest in a new toothbrush when you’re sick to prevent germs from spreading. Using the same old toothbrush could even increasing the symptoms you’re already feeling.

2.      Brush your teeth more often.

As mentioned above, bacteria are rampant when you’re sick. So, it’s normal to up your brushing habits when you’re not feeling well. To keep bacteria from multiplying, brush your teeth as often as you can—up to 3 times a day—to remove germs from your mouth!

3.      Don’t skip out on flossing.

There are many things that you probably don’t want to do when you’re sick, but flossing is mandatory to keep your teeth and gums in good condition. Not to mention, it helps to remove more bacteria and lingering materials from up to 35% more of your smile! You may not feel like getting out of bed, but by keeping floss nearby on a close nightstand can help you to accomplish the task.

4.      Use a mouthwash during your dental routine.

You may not be able to brush as consistently as you want while sick because you’re experiencing painful symptoms, but mouthwash may be able to lend a helping hand. Antimicrobial mouthwashes already work to kill off lingering bacteria from the smile normally, so using one while you’re sick could help keep bad bacteria at bay. Plus, your breath will smell fresher!

5.      Visit your dentist when you feel better.

Unless you have a dental emergency, you should wait to visit your dentist until you start to feel like your normal self. It’s important to visit soon after you recover so that your dentist can determine if your recent sickness has negatively affected your smile and how to address it.

If you need more advice on how to care for your smile while you’re sick, don’t hesitate to give your local practice a call!


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Here at Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland, we work to keep your smile in great condition no matter what you’re experiencing. If you’re already feeling under the weather, you can begin to feel worse if you don’t maintain good oral health. Learn more about how we may be able to help you in your time of need by giving us a call today.

 

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