As the holidays get closer the risk of contracting influenza and the common cold increases. We are more likely to be close together in the cold, and the shopping malls are filled with eager people looking for gifts for their loved ones. Through the festivities and travel we are simply more likely to get sick this time of year. If you have children this risk is only magnified!
You need to be aware of how to properly care for your family’s oral health if you contract one of these common winter viruses. Our Kansas City, MO dental office has some tips to get you through this stressful time. Your immune system is at its most overworked when battling these viral illnesses. How you handle your dental hygiene during these occasions can make all the difference in the staying power of your oral health!
Prevent The Dental Risk
It is helpful in all aspects of health, but proactivity is especially beneficial in dentistry. We dedicate time twice each day to care for our teeth through brushing, flossing, and an oral rinse. These precautions can help us to keep harmful bacteria from building colonies deep within our smiles.
For much the same reason, caring for our oral health includes caring for our immunological health. When we become sick with a cold or the flu, our bodies focus on eradicating the viral infection. At this time, it can place our oral health at risk. Compounded by this is our likelihood to skip brushing while resting up. This time can make your mouth a breeding ground for harmful organisms!
Increase The Hygiene
Protect your smile with a little bit of effort! At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we collectively increased hygienic practices such as washing our hands more thoroughly. Now that it has been almost a full two years, we might have started to slack on some of these. These habits can help you stay on your feet this winter, however! Take the time to properly wash your hands when you leave the house and before you touch your face, as the effort can pay off in the end.
One of the most effective ways to avoid sickness this holiday season is the influenza vaccine. This virus may seem like it is something you can handle. The flu can become very dangerous, though, especially in older and immunocompromised individuals. Spend the effort in a stress-free vaccine to help keep others safe!
Sick? Give Us A Call
If you have developed one of the common winter viruses such as a cold or the flu, contact Dr. Wolkoff at Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO today! Reach our office at (816)531-8000 for help in keeping your smile as safe as possible while your immune system is busy.