What To Do When You Get Sick
While many of our patients enjoy the winter and the break from the brutal heat we experience during the summer, there is one part of this season everyone hopes to avoid — getting sick. We are no strangers to taking precautions to ward off illnesses, but sometimes it is just not possible, and you or a loved one may get sick. You might be surprised to discover that there are precautions you should be taking for your oral health when you are sick. Read on to learn if you are familiar with them and how to take these simple precautions when you aren’t feeling your best.
Caring For Your Mouth When You Don’t Feel Your Best
When you aren’t feeling your best, your oral health isn’t usually on the list of top priorities. However, caring for your teeth properly when you are sick can help prevent dental health issues in the future. Here’s what we recommend:
Replace Your Toothbrush
You may be surprised to learn that it is necessary to replace your toothbrush after you have been sick. Harmful bacteria can linger on the bristles, leading to reinfection for you or a loved one.
Avoid Touching Your Mouth
Bacteria live on your hands and in your mouth, and you can easily transfer bacteria to yourself and others. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and it is very easy for bacteria to enter your body after touching your mouth. This is especially true for people who bite their nails.
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
It can be tempting to skip brushing your teeth when you aren’t feeling your best. Even when you feel horrible, it is important to continue to brush and floss your teeth. This helps eliminate bacteria that can cause damage to your teeth, especially if you have been drinking sugary soft drinks or sports beverages.
We kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling under the weather. If you are feeling healthy and are concerned about the state of your oral health, or it has been longer than six months since your last visit, we encourage you to call our office in The Woodlands, TX to schedule an appointment. We wish you health and wellness during the remainder of the winter season.