It’s that time of the year when viruses and bacteria are running rampant. Whether it’s the common cold or something more serious, there are some tips that you can take advantage of to make sure your orthodontic health isn’t compromised while you are sick.
Here are some tips to help you out in the battle against illness and keep your oral health in check:
- Brush and floss regularly. This is still one of the best ways to keep bacteria at bay – even when you’re feeling under the weather. You may need to take extra care with aligners or braces, however. Be gentle and use a soft toothbrush while brushing your teeth or aligners.
- If you end up vomiting, use an antiseptic mouthwash afterwards to reduce bacteria that may have been passed on. An antiseptic mouthwash can help to reduce the spread of viruses, germs, and bacteria in your mouth.
- Soothe your mouth with salt water or baking soda rinses. This will help relieve any swelling and discomfort, as well as helping to get rid of bacteria that can cause infections in the mouth. This is especially important if you’re having orthodontic work done, as infections can slow down your treatment progress.
- Avoid hard and crunchy foods if your teeth are sore or sensitive. Opt for softer options like applesauce and mashed potatoes. Avoiding hard and crunchy foods can reduce any chance of hurting your teeth or breaking pieces off of your braces. Sometimes when you’re sick, it’s hard to get enough nutrition, so these foods can help ensure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs – you just have to be mindful of how it could affect your braces.
- Talk to your orthodontist about using dental wax on brackets that are causing discomfort because of cold sores or other forms of irritation. Cold sores can appear when your body is under stress or weakened, so it’s essential to keep them from spreading or causing further irritation. Dental wax can help reduce friction and provide a cushion for your brackets.
- Drink plenty of fluids. It is important to stay hydrated, especially when you’re not feeling well. Fluids can help thin mucus and soothe a sore throat. Water is particularly beneficial for keeping your mouth clean and healthy. You may be more likely to snack on sugary treats when you’re sick, so try to opt for water or sugar-free drinks instead.
- If your teeth are particularly sensitive, you may want to consider taking an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. This can help reduce discomfort in the mouth and provide some relief from other symptoms like headaches and body aches.
- Contact your orthodontist if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort that doesn’t go away with home remedies. It’s important to ensure that your orthodontic health isn’t suffering from illness, so don’t hesitate to reach out if something seems off.
Can You Have Cough Drops?
Sometimes a pesky cough is impossible to keep at bay. You can try sugar-free cough drops. Many cough drops are filled with sugar. The longer you keep a sugar-filled cough drop in your mouth, the longer the bacteria have to feast on your teeth. Check the label as you grab a bag of cough drops to make sure you’re getting relief without cavity-causing corn syrup.
Try to Keep Up With Your Oral Health
The last thing you want to do is your orthodontic routine when you’re not feeling good. But it’s vital to maintain oral health care as much as possible. Even if you don’t feel like brushing your teeth, try to do so at least twice a day. This can help prevent bacteria from building up in your mouth and causing more issues while you’re sick.
Having an illness can be inconvenient at the best of times, but with these tips, you can make sure that your oral health stays on track.
Need Help Managing Your Orthodontic Care While Sick?
Don’t let your orthodontic health suffer because of illness. Follow these tips from Bennett Orthodontics to ensure that your mouth stays healthy and happy.
Stay safe and healthy!