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If you come down with a cold or the flu, probably the last thing on your mind is cleaning your teeth. But the need to brush and floss is not something you can put on hold until you recover. In fact, cleaning your teeth when you are under the weather may actually help you feel a little better.

Aside from maintaining your brushing and flossing routine, you need to drink plenty of water. Not only is that good for your body, it will help keep your mouth hydrated and clean. Fruit juice is good when you are feeling down, but make sure that you drink it through a straw or follow it up with a glass of water. This will help remove the acid from your mouth and teeth.  A cup of tea can make you feel better, but enjoy it without sugar or lemon. If you use cough syrup or cough drops, buy the sugar-free variety. They will spend a great deal of time in your mouth and on your teeth, and sugar can be converted into acids that will damage your enamel.

If you throw up while you are sick, acids from your stomach will end up in your mouth. That acid will need to be removed but you should not brush your teeth immediately right after you vomit. Instead, rinse your mouth with a mixture of baking soda and water. Then, wait for thirty minutes to give you saliva time to neutralize whatever acids remain, then brush.

If you have questions about taking care of your teeth when you are sick, our dentist, Dr. Neil Dhillon has the answers. If you live in the Woodlyn, Pennsylvania area, you can call 610.833.1919 to make an appointment at Complete Care Dental.