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If you’re feeling under the weather, do your body a favor and get some rest. Caring for your body, including your teeth and gums, is the best thing to do right now. Here are a few realistic ways to maintain a healthy mouth during your illness:

-Brush and Floss: You may not feel like it doing it, but maintaining your oral hygiene routine and keeping your mouth fresh will not only help you in the long term–it might even help you feel better in the moment.

-After Vomiting, Rinse Your Mouth: If you have the flu or food-poisoning, vomiting is your body’s way of ridding yourself of toxins. It can sure make your mouth feel nasty though. You may be tempted to brush your teeth right after vomiting, but that will only spread the acid from the vomit around your mouth, damaging your tooth enamel. Instead, swish diluted mouthwash or a glass of water and one teaspoon baking soda. After the acids have died down a half hour later, feel free to brush your teeth.

-Drink Plenty of Fluids: It may be cliché, but it’s wonderful advice. Illness and medications can dry out your mouth and your body. A dry mouth means greater exposure to tooth decay. You’ll want to choose the right kind of fluids. Try drinks without sugar. Sports drinks with electrolytes can be valuable, but only if they’re sugar-free. Drink herbal tea with a drop of honey and plenty of water.

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to give Pax Dental in Lexington Park, Maryland, a call at 301-863-8822.When you’re feeling better, you are welcome to come and see Dr. Hawkins for a checkup. Get well soon!