Dr. Maria Benefield and our entire dental care team at Sandy Springs Restorative & General Dentistry want to make sure their patients stay healthy and happy this flu season. Your oral health has a direct link to your overall well being and your mouth is the gateway for the flu. With flu season in full swing, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene routine and take extra precautions to care for your body while ill.
Staying hydrated is always important. Keeping hydrated is good for your entire body and your teeth and gums. Drinking plenty of water can help your body stay strong to fight off germs. Being hydrated also helps you from preventing the development of dry mouth while sick. Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration or certain medications, specifically certain cold medication. Dry mouth, or the lack of saliva production, is linked to increased tooth decay. When sick, you may become dehydrated more easily, so be sure to drink plenty of water.
Avoid Sugary Remedies
Sugar-laden beverages are often used when you have an upset stomach. Try to avoid these beverages and opt for water instead. Sugary drinks are not that great for your stomach, and they are especially bad for your oral health.
If you have a scratchy throat or cough sugar may sneak into your mouth through the use of throat lozenges. Look for sugar-free lozenges to protect your oral health and avoid tooth decay development while sick.
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
To avoid getting the flu make sure you are washing your hands regularly. Covering your mouth when you sneeze and cough is important and can help the spread of germs. Maintaining your regular oral hygiene routine even while you are sick is also an important part of staying healthy. It can be hard to keep up with your routine when you are feeling down, but brushing and flossing can keep germs at bay. Your gums and teeth need to be cleaned every day so you can enjoy your optimal oral health. Brushing your teeth while sick can also help boost your mood and may make you feel a little better. And remember, never share your toothbrush with anyone, especially during flu season.
Stay healthy this winter! A daily oral hygiene routine and frequently scheduled visits to our Sandy Springs dentist office can help keep your smile functional, healthy and beautiful. Every visit will include a thorough oral health exam and Dr. Benefield will exam your teeth, gums and neck area. Enjoy the benefits of your best oral health and schedule a consultation with Dr. Benefield.