Although colds and flu are more common during the winter months, it is, in fact, possible to catch a bug at any time of the year. While the majority of illnesses are not life-threatening and can be treated using over-the-counter medication and rest, a cold or flu virus may have an impact on your braces. Below is a guide on how you can keep your dental health and braces in top condition when you are unwell.
Clean your teeth and braces on a regular basis
When you are sick and have low energy, it is easy to skip some everyday tasks such as cleaning your braces. However, this is a very bad idea. When you are unwell, you may vomit. Vomit is very acidic, as it contains fluid from the stomach. If these acidic fluids come into contact with the metal parts of your braces, they may weaken and corrode. Because the stomach acid will also weaken the enamel on your teeth, after vomiting, you should wait a little while before brushing your teeth and your braces so they are clean and fresh.
Drink lots of fluids
When you have a cold or flu, it is very easy to become dehydrated. When you become dehydrated, your body will produce less saliva, which can lead to a dry mouth. Saliva helps to wash away any harmful bacteria which have built up in your mouth or on your braces and to neutralise any acids. A dry mouth creates the ideal conditions for damage to your teeth and gums to occur. You should drink water on a regular basis to make sure that your body is adequately hydrated.
Be careful with any medication
When you have a cough, there is no better solution that sucking on a cough mint. However, if you wear braces on your teeth, you should think twice before using this treatment. Cough mints are often very hard. If you attempt to crunch on a cough mint, you run the risk of damaging your braces. You should instead ask your pharmacist for soft or chewable cough sweets. If you have decided to use cough syrup, you should look for a brand which is sugar-free, as this will help to protect the health of your teeth and gums.
If you would like to find out more about maintaining your oral health when you're unwell, you should contact a dental clinic like Care Dental today.