It’s normal not even to want to get out of bed when you’re sick. Typically, your doctor and dentist would encourage you to get as much rest as possible to recover promptly—but there is one thing that you should do every day no matter what: your oral hygiene routine.
Just because you’re feeling sick doesn’t mean that you should take a break from your oral health. Keeping your mouth clean can help clear some of the bacteria.
Buy a new toothbrush.
There are a lot of different types of bacteria that linger in your mouth—good and evil and it’s normal for bacteria to stay on the toothbrush after brushing your teeth. That’s why it’s so crucial that you invest in a new toothbrush when you’re sick – to prevent germs from spreading. Using the same old toothbrush could even enhance the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Brush your teeth more often.
As mentioned, bacteria are rampant when you’re sick. So, it’s wise to increase your brushing habits when you’re ill. To keep bacteria from multiplying and spreading, brush your teeth up to 3 times a day to consistently remove the germs from your mouth!
Don’t skip flossing.
There are probably many things that you don’t want to do when you’re sick, but flossing is important to keep your mouth in good shape. Flossing removes more bacteria and lingering materials from 35% of your smile! You may not want to get out of bed, but keeping floss nearby can help you to accomplish the task.
Use a mouthwash.
You may not be able to brush while sick, so mouthwash may be able to help. Antimicrobial mouthwashes already work to kill off bacteria, so using one while you’re sick could help keep harmful bacteria at bay. And, your breath will smell fresher so you’ll feel better!
Visit your dentist when you’re better.
Unless you have an emergency, you should until you start to feel better to book that dental appointment. It’s essential to book after you recover so your dentist can ascertain whether your recent sickness has affected your smile.
If you need more advice on how to care for your smile while you’re sick, don’t hesitate to give us a call!