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In this unfortunate flu season, there are some things we can do orally to reduce the impact on your health.
Maintaining good oral health can free you from the clutches of bad germs and viruses. Make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth regularly to avoid plaque build-up because it contains bacteria that can negatively impact your oral health.
If you’re exposed to the flu virus (which can happen by simply touching any surface harbouring the germ) then touch your mouth, you can compromise your teeth & gums, and you’ll increase your chances of developing the flu. Always wash your hands thoroughly after touching any shared public surface that could harbour a nasty virus.
If you do develop a cold or the flu, try these simple steps to minimize the length & severity of your illness:
Gargle frequently with salt water or mouthwash. If you have a sore throat, gargling with salt- water or a mouthwash approved for use on sore throats can help to kill-off sore throat causing germs and speed your recovery.
Keep your saliva flowing. Drink lots of water because fluids help your body to combat the virus and keep your mouth moist. Living with a dry mouth (common with a cold or flu) is bad for your teeth because you need a steady flow of saliva to fend off plaque.
Keep your toothbrush in a clean container. After use, make sure your brush does not contain any food particles or residue by rinsing it thoroughly under a hot water faucet because toothbrushes are a fertile breeding ground for many strains of viruses and bacteria, including the nasty ones that cause colds and flu. If you store your toothbrush in a container with disinfectant or mouthwash, be sure to use a new solution each day.
Opt for sugar-free medications. Cough drops, throat lozenges, and cold or flu liquids tend to contain sugar in order to make them more palatable. When possible, use sugar-free products that won’t harm your teeth. If you can’t avoid the sugary stuff, then be sure to rinse and/or brush your teeth afterwards.
Brush and floss your teeth! We’re not just saying this because we’re in the dental health field, it is actually good for your overall health. Brushing and flossing regularly helps remove the cold and flu germs that may be resting on your tongue and on or between your teeth. No matter how tired and achy you may feel, do not sacrifice your daily dental hygiene routine.
Replace your toothbrush! Using a toothbrush that was used while fighting an infection can cause a re-infection. Because your toothbrush is used to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, it can become contaminated with saliva, blood & bacteria, and be a breeding ground for germs and microorganisms. Even though your body has recovered from the flu virus, it can still be thriving in your toothbrush and make it`s way back into your mouth causing a re-infection.
Remember, as soon as you’ve recovered from a cold or flu discard your toothbrush and purchase a new one.
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!