1. Dehydration

Vomiting and medication such as decongestants not only dehydrate the body but the mouth, too – and dry mouth is not good news for teeth. If you’re low on saliva, you’re low on the magic ingredient that keeps teeth clean and pH-neutral, so follow your doctor’s advice and get those fluids in. But before you stock up on your honey and lemon, your Lucozade, lemonade and orange juice – stop right there! They’re the worst things you can inflict on your teeth because they’re so high in acid and sugar. Sip water frequently instead – or, if you must have that comforting drink, sip it through a paper straw, or follow with a water ‘chaser’ to get those sticky ingredients away from your enamel.

3. Sinus pressure

Heavy colds, flu viruses and sinus infections can all cause toothache, which you may first notice while you’re moving about. You can relieve the pressure by wrapping a warm, wet towel around your nose, cheeks and eyes. However, if the toothache persists beyond your illness, consult your dentist to check it’s not something more serious.

5. Lack energy

When all you want to do is crawl under the duvet and stay there, brushing and flossing often fall by the wayside. But this is the worst time to neglect your oral hygiene – it’s your first line of defence against the effects of dehydration, vomiting and medication, all of which make your smile vulnerable to cavities and gum problems. Conserve your energy by all means – but rally for just two minutes each morning and evening to get your teeth-cleaning in. You’ll feel better for it, we promise.


Of course, if you already have a great oral hygiene routine that uses the right products and the most up-to-date techniques, you’ll be in a stronger position to tackle your teeth during illness!


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