How To Protect Your Smile When You’re Sick: Our Elmhurst Dentist Explains

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jan 15, 2019

It is very common for whole-body illness to negatively affect a patient’s smile as well. There a are a number of reasons for this, and our Elmhurst dentists are here to tell you more about them. We hope that you find this information helpful as we muddle through cold and flu season!

The first reason that your smile might suffer while you’re sick is because it’s harder to keep up with your day to day oral hygiene routine. When we’re not feeling well, even the little things, like brushing our teeth on schedule, can start to feel like major chores. Make it easier on yourself during this time by keeping some oral hygiene tools close at hand by your bed—things like floss and water. Try rinsing your mouth with water or mouth rinse throughout the day to quickly and easily refresh your smile. Make an effort to brush your teeth when you are already in the bathroom, so that you are sure to clean your smile even if you don’t feel like getting up regularly.

If you’re vomiting due to illness, you want to take special steps to minimize the amount of dental damage you experience from regurgitated stomach acids. Take the time to rinse your mouth and drink water after you throw up; this dilutes the potency of oral acids and increases the amount of saliva in your mouth.

It’s also crucial that you replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head after illness. Old toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and dental debris, which may lead to re-infection. Don’t take the chance—start fresh with a new toothbrush once you’re well!

Our Elmhurst dentists are here to help you enjoy a strong, healthy smile, even when you’re not feeling your best. Give us a call to get more information, and to schedule a personal consultation with our team.