Are you looking to help your smile when you are sick? If not, you should try to consider it! Your oral health is essential and can help you combat other illness in your body. Our dentist, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wants to help you with your oral health and is here to give insight on tips to care for your smile while sick.
If you are struggling with a cold or flu, your body usually begins with a sore throat and nasal congestion. As a result, your mouth becomes dry, which reduces the flow of saliva in your mouth. This is hazardous because saliva keeps cavities and bacteria from remaining in your mouth and sticking to your teeth and gums. Dry mouth can increase the production of bacteria, which could add to your poor oral health. Furthermore, decongestants or antihistamines reduce saliva flow as well, which can be a double threat to your smile. To overcome dry mouth while you are taking nasal decongestants, remember to drink plenty of water and make sure you always have some close to you.
If the stomach flu strikes, or if you are struggling with an upset stomach while you are ill, we encourage you to keep brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. The acids from your stomach and illness can cause dental erosion, which will damage your teeth in the long run. As a result, remember to brush and floss every day. Additionally, you can apply the benefit of mouthwash to fight away any extra germs or bacteria that could be in your mouth while you are sick.
If you would like more information on your oral health or feel the need for a deep dental cleaning, please call 734.668.6612. Our friendly dental team with Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS looks forward to helping you with your oral health today.