If you have a cold, flu, or Coronavirus, there are a few things you can do to take care of your mouth. Your mouth is a direct route for infections so it is very important to look after your teeth and gums.
Choose sugar free medicines If you need to take medication, choose things such as sugar-free cough and throat sweets. Make sure you check the ingredients before you buy, as many contain sugar and artificial sweeteners such as fructose and corn syrup.
Practice good hygiene Practicing good hygiene on a daily basis has so many health benefits. Remember, you should never share your toothbrush with anyone else. The flu virus can live on moist surfaces for up to 3 days. If you have had your toothbrush for three to four months, replace it with a new one. Once you have recovered after the illness in addition to cleaning and disinfecting the house, you need to replace your toothbrush, which could act as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses!
Wash you hands before cleaning your teeth It is really important to clean your hands before you start brushing, flossing or using interdental brushes. Otherwise you will be transferring bacteria or viruses from your hands into your mouth. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly. Take a look at the World Health Organisation guidance on how to clean your hands properly.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables Over 80% of your immune system is in the gut, so when it’s healthy, we tend to be able to fight off infections faster and better. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Taking vitamin supplements can also help.
Vomiting Vomiting can encourage enamel decay, as the fluids in your stomach are extremely acidic. Because of the acid sitting on your teeth, brushing has the potential to exacerbate damage – rubbing the acid into the teeth instead of brushing it away. Instead, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
Drink plenty of fluids Water is the safest thing to drink and will help to replenish your body. If you’re craving extra comfort and want a hot drink, try a hot tea without sugar or sweeteners. Avoid hot water with lemon and sugar, as this is very acidic and will damage your teeth. The sugar will also fuel cavity-causing bacteria. Fluids will also help avoid a dry mouth which can also lead to cavities forming.
If you need further advice please do not hesitate to call us here at Hydean Dental Practice.