February is prime time for developing a cold or the flu. Did you know that your oral health can help you prevent and recover from getting sick? The oral – body connection has shown to have a substantial impact on our overall well being and health. Bay City, MI dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke offers some advice on how to beat the flu this winter by taking care of your gums and teeth.
Take Care of Your Body So it can Take Care of Germs
- Always brush twice a day and floss once even if you do not feel well. Keeping germs and bacteria at bay will help prevent tooth decay.
- Stay hydrated, drink lots of water so your body can fight germs. Staying hydrated will also help avoid dry mouth which can lead to tooth decay.
- If the stomach flu hits you, try not to brush your teeth right after vomiting. Instead, try swishing with 1 tsp. Baking soda and water to rinse away the acid.
- Avoid sugary beverages and lozenges.
Take Care of Your Toothbrush So it Can Take Care Of You
- Keep your germs to yourself and never share a toothbrush, especially during flu season.
- Store your toothbrush at least 6 ft away from the toilet.
- Make Sure you keep your toothbrush upright and let it dry in the open air. Keeping your brush in a closed space can allow for bacteria to grow in the bristles.
- Replace your toothbrush after you feel better to avoid the spread of germs.
Our Bay City dentist office wants our patients to keep healthy and maintain their oral health this winter. Schedule your preventative care dentist office visit for a professional dental cleaning for a fresh and clean smile. Our family dentists offer a full range of cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry and state of the art dental technology so you and your whole family can enjoy their optimal oral health.
Schedule A Consultation
Visits to our Bay City dentist office include an extensive and thorough oral health exam. Your oral health can improve your quality of life and can help keep you healthy. Dr. Mahnke screens for cavities and plaque build up and looks beyond the teeth to examine your entire mouth, neck, and face for signs of malocclusion, oral cancer and gum disease. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help Dr. Mahnke catch these serious dental health concerns early for conservative dental treatments.