When you are sick, in most cases your body usually starts with a sore throat and nasal congestion making it hard to breathe. As a result, you suffer from a condition called a dry mouth, which lowers the flow of saliva in your body. This is serious because saliva keeps plaque and bacteria from sticking to your gums and teeth.
In a nutshell, dry mouth can dramatically increase bacteria production, which could help your illness thrive. Furthermore, antihistamines or decongestants reduce saliva as well, which acts as a double threat. To battle dry mouth while you are taking nasal decongestants, try to drink plenty of water, and make sure you always have some at hand.
If an upset stomach ails you as well, our team encourages you to keep brushing and flossing your teeth before bed. Acids from your stomach can cause severe tooth decay, which will damage your teeth in the long run. Thus, remember to brush and floss regularly, and try to add mouthwash to fight away any other bacteria or germs that could be hiding in your mouth while you are sick.
For more information on your oral health, or if you would like a dental exam, please call us today at 408-779-9393 for more information. Our dentists, Dr. Haleh Karimian and Dr. Lily Patil with Cosmo Dental Office in Morgan Hill, California, look forward to assisting your smile and helping you in any way we can.