While you are sick…
We are missing our patients so much during this COVID-19 outbreak and want to make sure, since we cannot see you- that you are maintaining good oral hygiene during this. Please take a moment to read a few tips we have come up with to help while you are at home and possibly ill with any seasonal colds and flu. We cannot wait for this to be over, are wishing all the best to every single patient and staff we have, and are here if you have any questions.
Good hygiene above all!
We all know to cover our mouths when we cough and sneeze… and to wash our hands as frequently as you can, but if you need a reminder to go do it now- here is is.
According to the CDC, the flu virus can live on moist surfaces for 72 hours.
Replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick- this may be a good reminder to do it anyways.
Sugar-free cough drops please
Although things are scarce right now, try your best to avoid ingredients like fructose or corn syrup. Cough drops, when popped all day and sucked on for minutes are just like candy. The longer you keep a sugary cough drop in your mouth, the more time cavity-causing bacteria has to quarantine itself in a hole in your teeth.
Gargle and spit after vomiting
Stomach acids are all over your mouth after you vomit- so make sure you are gargling and spitting after you are done. Mouthwash can be your best friend so you do not have to brush every time. You can also use 1 tsp of baking soda to help.
Dry mouth = a good place for cavities to form and we all know more fluids help flush your system.
It is tempting to sip on Sprite or sports drinks for the electrolytes when you’re sick, but drink them in moderation.
If you have any home remedies that you want to share with us, we are all in this together and are excited to hear from you.