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This time of year is easily one of the busiest few months of the year: We’ve resumed working, studying, taking care of our families, and for some, even planning for the holidays! All of this running can take a toll on our immune systems, which makes us more susceptible to the less fun parts of the year: cold and flu season.
But did you know that your oral health can play a huge part in healing from bacterial and viral infections? For this cold and flu season, here are a few basic things you can do to take care of your smile that your immune system will thank you for.
1. Drink a lot of fluids: Your mom always told you to do drink a lot of fluids when you’re sick – and for good reason! Your saliva plays a huge part in keeping the bacteria in your mouth in check. Ensuring that your body is receiving plenty of water can keep everything else in balance, helping you get better faster.
2. Brush your teeth thoroughly, twice a day: Keeping harmful bacteria at bay with proper brushing technique will help the rest of your body. Make sure you’re brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing regularly.
3. Eat your fruits and vegetables: Not only are they full of nutrients that you’ll need during cold and flu season, but they are great for keeping your mouth clean. Foods like apples, broccoli, and carrots can aid in scrubbing your teeth a little extra to keep plaque under control.
4. Replace your toothbrush: While you’re at it, make sure to toss your toothbrush once your symptoms subside. Though your toothbrush does a lot of cleaning, it is very possible that it is still carrying the bacteria that caused you problems in the first place. Replace it as soon as you can and start fresh!
Continue to practice great oral hygiene once you’re feeling better. A healthy mouth makes for a healthy body, and let’s be honest – you don’t have time to be sick!
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.
Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!