Your mouth is the main gateway for the flu virus to enter your body. That is why oral health is important before, during and after suffering from an illness. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves offers some tips and tricks to staying healthy this flu season.
Good Oral Health for a Healthy Winter
- Tip: Stay Hydrated
How: Drink lots of water. When you are sick your body can become dehydrated quickly and cold medications can dehydrate you even faster. Staying hydrated keeps you from developing dry mouth and gives your body a boost to fight of germs. Dry Mouth is linked to increased development of tooth decay. Keeping your mouth moist while sick can help avoid cavities.
- Tip: Avoid Sugar
How: Avoid sugary fruit drinks or sodas. Water is the best liquid to consume when sick. Throat lozenges can also be loaded with sugar. Although they help stimulate saliva production while soothing your scratchy throat, try finding sugar free options. Sugar can build up in your teeth and cause tooth decay.
- Tip: Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
How: Brushing and flossing while sick help keeps your teeth and gums clean. It can also
help you to feel a little more alert and rejuvenated. Keep up with your normal oral health routine even when you are not feeling well to keep your gums and teeth healthy. You may also want to replace your toothbrush once you feel better. And remember to never share your toothbrush with anyone!
Visit Our Columbus, GA Dentist Office
Visit our Columbus, GA dentist office for more healthy oral hygiene tips. Whether it is time for you to schedule your next preventive dental visit to family dentist Dr. Caves, or if you are ready to start on your journey to your best oral health, our dental care team encourages you to contact our Columbus dentist office. You may also schedule an appointment online.