Feeling under the weather? If you are sick, you’ve got to take care of yourself—teeth included. Here are some things to remember.
When in doubt, swap your toothbrush out
If your toothbrush is 3-4 months old or frayed, it’s probably time for a new one anyway. But if your immune system is severely compromised, you have a higher chance of reinfection. So toss your toothbrush and replace it once you’re feeling healthy again.
Drinking water to get hydrated is one of the best ways to feel better—it’s also great for your teeth. Water with fluoride strengthens your teeth, keeps your mouth clean and prevents dry mouth. It’s like a super-liquid!
Swish and spit if you get sick
Fact: nobody likes to vomit. But if you do, you might be tempted to brush your teeth right away. Hold on! First, mix water with about 1 tsp. of baking soda. Swish that around in your mouth and then spit it out. This will help get rid of any stomach acid. Then, brush your teeth about a half hour later.
If you’ve got a bad cough, you’re going to want to grab a bag of cough drops. Before you buy, check the ingredients and avoid sugars like fructose or corn syrup that could increase your risk for cavities.