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Are you feeling sick? The absolute best thing you can do right now is to care for your body. That includes your oral health. Here are some ways to take care of your teeth and gums when you’re under the weather:

-Keep up Your Oral Hygiene Routine: Even if you’re not feeling up to it, it’s very important that you brush your teeth and floss while you’re sick. If you’re worried about contaminating your toothbrush and getting yourself sick again, that shouldn’t be a problem unless your immune system has been weakened in the extreme. Just don’t share your toothbrush with anyone else.

-Rinse Your Mouth After Vomiting: Use diluted mouthwash or a glass of water and a teaspoon baking soda with water to rinse your mouth right after vomiting. If you brush your teeth, you’ll just be spreading acid onto your teeth, which wears down your tooth enamel. You can brush your teeth as early as a half hour later.

-Drink Plenty of Fluids: You’ve probably heard the cliché before, but it’s really excellent advice. Sickness and medications can dry out your mouth, which leads to an increased risk of tooth decay. You’ll want to choose the right kind of fluids, typically drinks without sugar. Sports drinks with electrolytes can be helpful, but try the sugar free version. Drink plenty of water and suck on sugarless cough drops to keep the saliva flowing.

Have some concerns that you want to address? Feel free to give Blue Stream Dental in Kansas City, Missouri a call at 816-569-9787. When you’re feeling better, come and see Dr. William D. Ledford for a checkup. Get well soon!