If you have ever had a cold or flu, or even severe allergies, then you know how taxing it can be on your body. When we are sick, oftentimes we think about how to get better, while letting oral health slide. As a result, you become more susceptible to cavities and gum disease, which is why our dentists, Drs. Alan Kessler and Tiffany Foster-Kessler, are happy to talk to you about keeping your smile healthy, especially while you are feeling under the weather.
When you get sick or have a sinus issue, your body frequently starts with a sore throat and nasal congestion making it hard to breathe. Nasal congestion causes you to suffer from dry mouth, which reduces the flow of saliva in your body. This is risky because saliva is needed to keep cavities and bacteria from nesting in your teeth. Also, certain medications that you may take (such as decongestants and antihistamines), reduce saliva flow, which is a double threat. To combat dry mouth while you are taking nasal decongestants, always drink plenty of water, which not only helps your oral health while you are ill, but will also keep you hydrated.
Another issue that often comes along with being sick is with the digestive tract, which can also affect your oral health. If you are struggling with an upset stomach, remember to keep brushing and flossing your teeth at night. Even though you feel terrible, don’t skip your oral hygiene practices. Acids from your stomach cause your tooth enamel to break down, which will damage your teeth in the long run. As a result, remember to brush and floss each day, and use mouthwash to fight away any other bacteria or germs that could be in your mouth while you are sick.
It’s important to take care of your oral health on a daily basis, but especially important to not forget about our teeth when we are down and sick. When you are feeling better, come see us for an appointment. Our team looks forward to helping your smile stay clean and healthy for years to come.