A cold or flu-like infection can affect the entire body and often put us out of action for days. During this time, we sometimes neglect our daily routines, including dental care. But it is particularly important to pay attention to oral hygiene during an illness in order to avoid possible complications.
Tips for healthy oral hygiene
In this blog post we would like to give you some tips on how you can optimally care for your teeth and gums even during a cold or flu-like infection.
Maintain Regular Teeth Brushing
Although it may be difficult for you, you should maintain your dental care routine during a cold or flu-like infection. Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day with a mild toothpaste that does not cause additional irritation to the throat. Be sure to clean your tongue as well, as bacteria can accumulate there.
Use a soft toothbrush
During illness, the gums may be more sensitive than usual. Therefore, use a soft toothbrush so as not to further irritate your gums.
Rinse your mouth regularly
Gargle with an antibacterial mouthwash several times a day to reduce bacteria in the mouth. This can help reduce the risk of sore gums and bad breath.
Keep your toothbrush clean
Make sure to rinse your toothbrush regularly and let it dry thoroughly after each use. Avoid sharing your toothbrush with other people to prevent the transmission of pathogens. You can also dip the brush head briefly into a cup of mouthwash and then let it dry as usual.
Avoid consuming acidic foods and drinks
During a cold or flu-like infection, many people tend to consume more acidic foods or drinks, to soothe their throat. However, these can attack tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Try using sugar-free candies or lozenges instead. After eating acidic foods, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth; this protects the tooth enamel.
Drink enough water
Keep yourself well hydrated during your illness by drinking enough water. This not only helps your general well-being, but also your oral health.
You may have a dentist appointment during a cold or flu-like infection. Don't go to the appointment if you don't feel like it. However, make up for missed dental appointments as soon as possible after your recovery. Your dentist can identify and treat possible problems early.
A cold or flu-like infection can be a challenge for our bodies, but can also affect our oral health. That's why you should support your body in regeneration with good dental care.