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Caring For Your Mouth While You’re Sick

Woman with a toothache

If you’ve caught a cold or flu virus this season, our deepest sympathies are with you. However, it’s our job to look out for your oral health, despite how bad your body feels. While you may want to just stay in bed and neglect your oral hygiene routine while you’re under the weather, this can be a serious mistake. Not only are your teeth and gums at risk for certain dental problems if you’re sick, but maintaining a clean mouth can actually help speed up your recovery.

Whether you have a cold, the flu or a stomach virus, consider these recommendations pertaining to your oral health:

Rely on Water to Stay Hydrated
Water is the best beverage to hydrate your body, and it’ll do so without putting your oral health at risk. It may be tempting to sip on drinks like Gatorade throughout the day, but these choices are high in sugar and acids – the perfect recipe for decay! Your mouth needs hydration to fight off bacteria as well. If you have a stuffy nose, you may be breathing more through your mouth. A dry mouth is another culprit to decay.
Consider Your Cough Medicine Carefully
Cough syrups and cough drops can bring great relieve, but they are very high in sugar. Coating your teeth and gums in a long sugar bath can be detrimental for your smile. If you must take a cough syrup, do so at the same time as a meal or brush your teeth after you consume the medication. When it comes to cough drops, do your smile a favor and choose the sugar-free kind. They are just as effective and much less harmful to your teeth.
Consider replacing your toothbrush
While this is not agreed upon by all dental professionals, we believe it is better to be safe than sorry. Bacteria love to harbor and grow on the bristles of your toothbrush. Go ahead and buy a new brush after you are sick to avoid reinfection. You may also want to replace any other toothbrushes that were stored in close proximity and/or sanitize mouth appliances like biteguards and retainers.
Reschedule Your Dental Appointment

This may be one of the few times we suggest delaying your dental cleaning or other treatment. However, if you are ill or have a fever, please just stay at home to recover.

We hope that you can avoid the cold and flu virus this season, but if you aren’t that fortunate, please remember to take care of your smile while nursing your body back to health!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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