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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Dental Tips For Surviving Flu Season

Peter Minkoff is one of my regular guest bloggers and you can always expect the best advice from his blogs. Check out his last one here. He's a beauty and fashion writer for Shlur magazine living in London and occasionally in Brisbane. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in UK and AUS. Beside beauty and fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a business for beauty and style advising. This week, Peter is reminding us about our teeth and the tips for surviving flu season!
Girl in snow
During late fall and winter you can easily catch a cold and even flu if you’re not careful. While you need to take many different lifestyle aspects into consideration to ensure your good health, oral hygiene is also something that’s on the top of the list. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of this until it’s too late. Check out the following dental tips so that you can fight the flu season with a full-on backup.

Replace the toothbrush regularly

Toothbrush can be one of the main causes for catching a cold or being unable to shake it off for a long time. Bacteria can accumulate on an old toothbrush which is why it’s essential that you replace it regularly, especially if you notice that your immune system is a bit lower than usual. Also, if you’ve been sick, you need to get rid of the toothbrush that you used, which is contaminated with viruses and bacteria from your sick period.

Keep the toothbrush clean and sanitized

Toothbrush
Not only do you have to change up your toothbrush frequently during the flu season but you also need to be very meticulous with its condition. Therefore, make sure to clean it with warm water regularly. Also, keep your toothbrush in a separate container. If you don’t live alone and keep the toothbrush in the same glass as the rest of your family members, they can get in touch with one another and bacteria can move from one toothbrush to the next one. You should clean and sanitize the container pretty often as well.

Be thorough with your oral hygiene

It may be cold outside which can prevent you from leaving your home a lot but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect your oral hygiene by any means. Even if you’re sick and you’re not feeling up to getting out of bed to brush your teeth, keep in mind that this routine will actually help you get better sooner. By brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, you’ll be able to get rid of all the bacteria and buildup in your mouth. Otherwise, you can risk swallowing and getting these cold triggers into your system. 

Rinse your mouth

Man brushing girl's teeth
Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash is very beneficial for your oral health but it can also keep the cold at bay. Mouthwashes generally contain ingredients that kill all the remaining bacteria. Still, a mouthwash cannot replace brushing and flossing. If you’re suffering from a sore throat and find that minty mouthwash is only agitating it more, rinse your mouth with salt water. It will also help calm the soreness while cleaning the teeth.

Listen to your dentist

According to Dental Fresh - dentist from Bondi Junction, visiting your dentist regularly can help you prevent some serious oral drama and keep your smile bright and healthy. Not only that, but if you’re serious with your dentist visits, you can save money by stopping any bacteria and infection from spreading in time. Therefore, going for an oral checkup and actually following through with all the advice that you get, can keep your mouth in pristine condition and colds at bay. In that respect, flu season is definitely one of those times in a year when you should schedule your dentist appointment.

Not only does proper oral hygiene prevent and put a stop to colds and bacteria spreading, but it also has a lot to do with some more serious health problems. In general, killing off the bacteria and removing plaque in your mouth can lead to a healthier cardiovascular system as well as help with osteoporosis. With all that’s been said, make sure that your oral hygiene is on point and don’t skip your visits to the dentist. 


Wise words from Dr Minkoff, thanks again! Peter is also an Editor In Chief on High Style Life. So go check that out too!






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