Posted On 11/7/2018 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
When the temperatures start to drop across the United States, cold and flu season officially begins. This season typically begins in October and it can last all the way through May. You should already be getting the annual flu shot to minimize your risk of contracting the flu, and while best practices such as washing your hands regularly, getting plenty of sleep and eating right can help fend off the common cold, chances are you won't get through the season completely unscathed. However, a runny nose, sore throat or cough has the potential to wreak havoc on your teeth and gums too. This post will take a closer look at how to maintain good oral health during cold and flu season.
The key to maintaining a healthy mouth during cold and flu season is minimizing bacteria inside of it. Here's how to do it:
Learn more about other foods and drinks to avoid to protect your smile.
When replacing your toothbrush, make sure to choose the right one. Learn more here.
Finally, we also highly suggest seeing your dentist regularly. This is the best way to keep your mouth healthy - especially in cold and flu season.
For more information on how to maintain your oral health in cold and flu season, contact Kanehl Dental today.
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