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Getting a cold during the summer is no fun. When everyone else is hot, you’re cold. When the rest of the world wants to go out and have fun in the sun, you want to stay on the couch or in bed. You need to get plenty of rest when you are sick, but one thing you can’t take time away from is taking care of your teeth. After all, the acids, plaque and bacteria in your mouth aren’t taking any downtime.

As our dentists, Dr. Matthew Jelinek and Dr. Eduardo Silva can tell you, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time every day. You still need to do that when you are sick. In fact, brushing your teeth may even make you feel a little better, and every little bit helps!

You need to stay hydrated, especially when you are sick. The best drink for your teeth and your body, whether you are sick or well is water. A sports drink may help you replace lost electrolytes and minerals, but you should have them in moderation and cut them with water. Avoid energy drinks since they can contain caffeine taurine and sugar, which your body doesn’t need, particularly when you are sick. A cup of tea may make you feel better. If you have one, you should leave out the sugar and lemon, since the acids in the lemon can damage your tooth enamel.

If you are dealing with a sore throat or a cough, cough drops or cough syrup may help. If you use either of those, make sure to buy the sugar-free varieties. Cough syrup can coat your teeth along with your throat, and cough drops spend a long time in your mouth.

If you vomit when you are sick, you will want to brush your teeth right away. Hold off on that urge, since there will be acids from your stomach present in your mouth. Rinse your mouth with a solution of water and baking soda, and wait for thirty minutes before you brush.

Do you still have questions about oral hygiene in Shakopee, Minnesota? You can find the answers at Matthew Jelinek! If you would like to make an appointment, call 952.233.1020 today.