With the onset of the cold and flu season, we urge you to give your daily dental habits as much attention as your handwashing. Good dental hygiene decreases your risk of flu, pneumonia, and other diseases. If you suffer from gum disease, the chronic inflammation allows harmful bacteria to enter your bloodstream through the mouth.
We offer a few simple ways to lower the risk of cold and flu through dental habits:
– After you eat, brush and floss your teeth, or touch a surface, wash your hands to avoid the transfer of germs when you put your fingers in your mouth. Railings, sinks, and cups can transfer viruses. If you are unable to wash your hands right away, you can use a hand sanitizer to kill bacteria.
– Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, as a virus can easily enter your body this way.
– Rinse your toothbrush when you are done brushing, then allow it to dry in an upright position. A toothbrush can become contaminated if not rinsed properly, especially after you have been sick. Discard your toothbrush every 3-4 months and never share it or store it close to another toothbrush.
– Brush and floss daily so that the small areas around your teeth can’t breed bacteria and increase your risk of cold or flu.
– Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. These antibacterial rinses help to prevent bacteria from spreading and feeding a cold or flu virus.
With these oral tips, you can increase your chances of enjoying a cold- and flu-free holiday season. To receive more flu-fighting tips in Santa Fe, New Mexico, schedule a visit with our friendly dentist, Dr. Virginia Sharpe by contacting Sharpe Dental Studio at 505-982-4686 today.