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Are you feeling ill? If so, remember, the best thing you can do is take care of your body. And your teeth are an important part of your body. Here are three ways to take care of your oral health when you’re feeling sick:

-Keep up Your Oral Hygiene Routine: It can be easy to neglect brushing and flossing your teeth when you’re feeling under the weather, but this is as vital a time as ever to keep it up. And don’t worry: unless your immune system has been weakened, there’s no need to replace your toothbrush after you get better.

-Rinse Your Mouth After Vomiting: You may want to brush your teeth right after vomiting, but if you do it too soon, you’ll just end up rubbing the acid from the vomit all over your teeth. Instead, use diluted mouthwash or a glass of water and a teaspoon of baking soda with water to rinse your mouth. You can brush your teeth as early as a half hour later.

-Stay Hydrated: You’ve probably heard the cliché; “Drink plenty of fluids”. This is excellent advice. One reason why it works is that it fights dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition in which your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva to wash away the bad bacteria and food particles in your mouth. Sickness and medications can dry out your mouth. Drink plenty of water and suck on sugarless cough drops to keep the saliva flowing.

If you have more questions about this topic, feel free to give Gentle Dental Care in Mundelein, Illinois a call at 847-566-5350. And when you’re feeling better, you can come and see Dr. Anthony J. Collins for a checkup. Get well soon!