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When you are sick, it’s hard to think of other responsibilities, which often get put on the back burner until you are healthy again. Unfortunately, oral health care often gets pushed aside. As a result, your body is placed at a higher risk of cavities and gum disease which could be harmful to your health long-term. That is why it is essential to take care of your smile during cold and flu season. Luckily, Dr. Vitaly Friedman and our team here at 21st Century Dental Care in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, cares for your health, which is why we are excited to give you some helpful tips to help you when you are not feeling well your best.

The first thing to keep in mind when you are sick is to keep up with your oral hygiene routines each day. Brushing and flossing are essential to keeping your mouth in tip-top shape. It is also crucial to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough as you are ill. This will lower the spreading of germs that could be causing your illness and spur on cavities and gum disease.

Sugar-free cough drops are also ideal to use while you are sick. By avoiding sugars or sticky substances on your teeth from traditional cough drops, you could lower the risk of cavities. It is also a best to remember to clean your mouth out often when sick. This will clear away the stomach acids from your teeth and help keep your mouth hydrated. Mouthwash can also be helpful during the day. Always remember to get plenty of rest. While you sleep, your body is working hard to restore your body’s health.

As you can see, there are things you can do to help your smile as you are sick. When you are feeling better, remember to change out your toothbrush and give us a call at (908) 604-5959 for a dental cleaning. Our team is happy to help you restore your oral health and keep your teeth looking its best.