Winter is when colds and the flu are most likely, especially next month in February. Even if you are healthy and eat right, you can still catch whatever illness is around here in Massachusetts. Hopefully, any sickness will be easy to deal with.
You still need to worry about your dental health, even if you have the flu. That’s why you need to call Dr. Tocci today at 781-304-8172. With his extensive training and years of practical experience, he can spot problems while they are still easier to treat — but only if you come in for an appointment.
Learn Tips For Cold/Flu Season
To help protect your smiles when you have an illness, follow these tips.
- Reschedule appointments if you have a cold. When sick, you really need to stay home. That’s so you don’t spread the illness, but it’s also so you can get the rest and relaxation you need to heal up. While we definitely want to see you, call us at 781-304-8172 to reschedule any upcoming visits. Just make sure you don’t skip that visit, as regular cleanings and exams are vital to protecting your smile.
- Brush and floss like normal. There are some things you do for your health that can be skipped during illness (such as getting exercise). However, your teeth still need the usual attention. Continue brushing twice each day and flossing each night just like you always should.
- Avoid cough drops if possible. Use what over-the-counter treatment you need to relieve the cold’s effects, but please be careful about using cough drops. Many are full of sugar, which just coats your teeth and gums and leads to dental health problems like tooth decay. But they are also very hard. Biting down on one by accident could actually damage your teeth.
- Rinse after medicine or juices: Whenever you drink something, it leaves behind a residue that covers your teeth. Some medicines like cough syrup or liquid pain relievers are full of sugar so they do not taste so horrible. Taking one of these for your flu can end up feeding harmful bacteria. The same is true for juice. Although that vitamin C can help your immune system, the sugar can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you drink these, be sure to rinse afterwards with water.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plain water. Speaking of which, this really is the best drink you can choose for both your teeth and your cold. Your body will need to stay hydrated more when you have an illness. But water helps wash away tiny food particles (like sugar) that get stuck in your mouth. This helps avoid dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
Keep Coming In For Cleanings & Exams
Again, stay at home if you have a cold or the flu. But you really need to reschedule. Your dental health depends on twice-yearly visits to our Wellesley, MA dental office. Dental cleanings and exams can prevent problems and correct them before they get out of hand.