Fighting off a cold or flu can leave you feeling exhausted, achy, and, quite frankly, just wanting to curl up in bed. However, amidst the congestion, coughing, and general malaise, it’s easy to overlook one critical aspect of your well-being – your oral health. Yet, maintaining a healthy smile during illness is not only possible but essential. Today, we wanted to share ways you can protect your oral health when you’re feeling under the weather to ensure your teeth remain intact even when the rest of you might not.

  • Staying Hydrated with Water

During an illness, hydration is essential. Opting for water over sugary beverages is crucial for both overall health and maintaining a healthy smile. While it may be tempting to reach for that comforting cup of sweetened tea or a can of soda, these sugary drinks can contribute to tooth decay. Water, on the other hand, not only keeps you hydrated but also helps cleanse your mouth and reduce acidity, promoting a healthier oral environment. 

  • Keep Up with Oral Care Routines

When you’re feeling under the weather, the idea of maintaining your usual oral care routine might seem challenging. However, brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing should remain a priority. If the thought of a prolonged brushing session is daunting, try to focus on thorough but shorter cleaning sessions. Using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently clean your teeth and gums to prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque. 

  • Eating Nutrient-Rich Foods 

Maintaining a well-balanced diet will support your immune system and promote oral health. Even when your appetite is diminished, try to incorporate nutrient-rich foods into your meals. Yogurt, rich in calcium and probiotics, supports both your teeth and your digestive system. Fruits and vegetables not only provide essential vitamins but also stimulate saliva production, aiding in the natural cleansing of your mouth. 

  • Clean or Replace Oral Hygiene Supplies

Once you start feeling better, it’s essential to replace your toothbrush. Bacteria and viruses can linger on the bristles, potentially leading to reinfection or the spread of illness. Additionally, take the time to clean other oral hygiene supplies such as mouthguards, retainers, or removable dentures. There are specific cleaning solutions for each of these products. 

  • Schedule a Checkup After Recovery

As you regain strength and your immune system rebounds, consider scheduling a dental checkup. During a dental checkup, we can detect any issues that may have arisen during your illness and address them quickly. Plus, your dentist can provide personalized advice on maintaining optimal oral health and may recommend additional measures based on your unique smile. 

When you protect your oral health during a cold or flu, you ensure the long-term endurance of your smile. That’s why we encourage maintaining essential routines, making mindful dietary choices, and being proactive about hygiene. By following these steps, you not only support your overall well-being but also ensure that your smile remains resilient and radiant, even in the face of illness.

Call Butte Family Dental today at 406-565-4458 or schedule online to schedule an appointment in Butte, MT.