There’s something you should know about cold and flu season… it isn’t over yet. The Walgreens Flu Index has ranked Maryland #14 for the United Status flu count this past week. As you run out to stock up on Vitamin C and tissues, consider taking a few steps to safeguard your dental health.
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
You can’t be reinfected by the same cold virus, but you should keep in mind that there are 200 different strains circulating during cold and flu season. It’s important to replace your toothbrush regularly, especially if you live with roommates or family. If you have the flu, keep your toothbrush separate from their toothbrushes.
Practice Good Hygiene
Practicing good hygiene isn’t just polite, it helps contain your flu and limit the amount of time that you’re sick. Cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands every time you sneeze, and be careful about sharing with others.
If you vomit or expectorate, make sure that you swish or brush your teeth afterward. When you vomit, stomach acids are coming in contact with your teeth, and it’s in your best interest to ensure that this is removed each time. Swish with water or a natural solution to wash the acid away.
It can be difficult to eat or drink when you have the flu, but it’s important for your oral health to stay hydrated. Prevent dry mouth by sipping water frequently or drinking beverages that contain electrolytes. Watch out for the sugar content, though, as beverages high in sugar can lead to tooth decay.
Family Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you need a wisdom tooth extracted or a professional cleaning, Catonsville Dental Care has the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat your problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. We offer a suite of services including dental implants, cleanings, Invisalign, and routine preventative dental treatments. We look forward to helping keep you smiling all year long. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at (410) 747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.