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Oral Care During Illness

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There’s no denying it: getting sick is a setback. Whether it’s the common cold, flu, or any other ailment, the fatigue and discomfort make it tempting to sideline our daily routines, including our dental care regimen. However, even when you’re not feeling your best, it’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene. In fact, taking care of your mouth when you’re sick might help speed up your recovery and prevent further complications.

Dr. Mitzi Morris has always emphasized the intrinsic link between overall health and oral health. When your body is trying to fend off sickness, ensuring that your mouth remains a bastion of health can be beneficial. Here’s a look at why oral care is crucial during illnesses and some ways to ensure it’s done right.

The Mouth is a Gateway

Remember, your mouth is a primary entry point to the rest of your body. Bacteria and viruses that linger in your mouth can be ingested and respired, potentially prolonging your sickness. Regular brushing and flossing, even when you’re sick, can reduce the microbial load in your mouth, decreasing the chances of secondary infections or complications.

Combatting Dry Mouth

Many illnesses, especially those that come with a fever, cause dehydration. Moreover, some medications can reduce saliva production, leading to dry mouth. Saliva is nature’s way of cleaning your mouth, and its absence can lead to an increase in harmful bacteria. Drinking plenty of water and occasionally rinsing your mouth can counteract dryness and keep your oral cavity hydrated.

The Importance of Clean Tools

When you’re sick, your toothbrush becomes a hotspot for germs. While it’s always crucial to rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after each use, it’s especially vital when you’re ill. Once you’ve recovered, consider replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush head to avoid any chance of reinfection.

Sugar Watch

It’s not uncommon to soothe a sore throat with sugary syrups or to sip on sports drinks for hydration during illness. However, remember that these sugars can interact with the bacteria in your mouth, leading to acid production and potential tooth decay. If you do consume sugary liquids, try to rinse your mouth with water shortly after.

Cough Drop Caution

Like sugary syrups, many cough drops contain sugar which can linger on teeth and cause cavities if consumed frequently. If you rely on cough drops to soothe your throat, look for sugar-free varieties.

Gentle Rinsing After Vomiting

It’s an unpleasant topic, but if your illness has you frequently rushing to the bathroom, it’s essential to care for your mouth afterward. Vomit is acidic and can erode tooth enamel. Rather than brushing immediately, which can spread the acid, rinse your mouth gently with water or a diluted mouthwash and wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing.

When you’re feeling under the weather, it might seem like a herculean task to maintain your oral care routine. However, as Dr. Mitzi Morris would advise, keeping up with your dental hygiene during these times can make a world of difference, not just for your teeth and gums, but for your overall well-being. Taking small steps to care for your mouth can pave the way for a swifter recovery and ensure that, once you’re back on your feet, your smile remains as radiant and healthy as ever.

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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