Ellicott City, MD dentist Dr. Becker and the dental team of Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry want to make sure their patients stay healthy and happy all winter long. Oral health has a direct link to your overall health. With flu season in full swing, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene routine and take extra precautions to care for your body while ill.
Staying hydrated is always important for the well being of your oral and systemic health. Your body needs water to function properly, and to avoid developing dry mouth. Dry mouth is commonly linked to increased tooth decay. Dry mouth can be caused by medications, especially cold medications, and happens when your body does not create enough saliva. Saliva is your bod’s natural oral cleansing agent. When you are sick, you can easily become dehydrated so be sure to drink plenty of water.
Be sure to avoid sugary fruit drinks, sports drinks, or sodas. Although these are commonly given to settle an upset stomach, the sugar can be damaging to your teeth. Also watch your sugar intake if you use throat lozenges. Throat lozenges can hide a lot of sugar in them. Try to find sugar free lozenges to protect your oral health while sick.
Make sure you continue your regular oral hygiene routine even while you are sick. It is easy to fall out of your routine when you are confined to the couch. Make sure you are still brushing and flossing each day to keep debris from getting stuck in your teeth. Your gums and teeth need to be cleaned everyday so you can enjoy your optimal oral health. Brushing your teeth while sick can also help boost your mood. And remember, never share your toothbrush with anyone, especially during flu season.
Schedule a visit to our Ellicott City dentist office for a professional dental cleaning. A thorough dental cleaning with our experienced staff can leave you feeling rejuvenated with a bright, healthy smile- and you may leave with new, personalized tips for keeping it looking good.
Dr. Becker also offers a full range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry for your entire family. Contact Howard County Smiles or request an appointment online. We serve patients from many local areas including Ellicott City, Columbia, and Laurel, MD.