Cold and Flu Season Oral Health Care Tips Highlight the Importance of Good Oral Hygiene Year-Round, says Premier Care Dental Group

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Premier Care Dental Group comments of an article that, when colds and flu keep people home alone, their teeth and gums still need regular care.

A tiny cold virus can do a lot of damage, especially if we let our oral health slide.

The most important thing to bear in mind is that warm moist environments like the mouth are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, so the first and most important step is to keep brushing your teeth, even while feeling tired and down.

A December 7 article in the Redmond Reporter points out that dental care during cold and flu season can often lapse and lead to poor oral hygiene choices when people are by themselves. Conversely, it notes that proper dental care can reduce the risks of the nasty viruses that keep us home. Premier Care Dental Group says that there are simple ways to protect the teeth and gums from damage and avoid common pitfalls in oral hygiene. The most important thing to bear in mind is that warm moist environments like the mouth are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, so the first and most important step is to keep brushing your teeth, even while feeling tired and down. The clinic says that there is no need for patients to abandon their toothbrush for fear of lingering viruses, as studies have shown that reinfection from brush-borne bugs is unlikely. (Obviously, however, it’s never a good idea to share a toothbrush with anyone, no matter how intimate). The clinic notes that brushing cuts down on germs and runaway bacteria growth that can lead to a buildup of plaque, which can also affect gum health and overall wellbeing.

Premier Care Dental Group adds that it’s a good idea to avoid sugary cough drops loaded with teeth-eroding sweeteners. Try to find sugar free drops, suggest the clinic, and be aware that your cough syrup may also contain some sweetener. The clinic adds that doctors discussing colds and flu often emphasize the importance of staying hydrated while ill for a number of important reasons, including the ability to regulate body temperature. However, the clinic notes that drinking Gatorade or Pedialyte to replace electrolytes can mean ingesting large amounts of sugar. If those kinds of drinks are actually needed, the clinic suggests patients rinse with water after they drink to clean away residual sugars. It also adds that electrolyte-rich coconut water is a tasty and lower-sugar alternative to sports drinks. It adds that people who contract stomach flu and have to vomit should also rinse thoroughly so the acid content doesn’t lead to tooth erosion.

No matter how healthy we try to stay, Premier Care Dental Group says that sometimes everyone goes do for the count due to colds and flu. The important thing, says the clinic, is to take it easy and exercise common sense health habits, including those that relate to the teeth and gums.

Based in Pasadena, Premier Care Dental Group offers area residents the services of leading dentists and oral healthcare professions who make it a priority to make sure patients mouth and teeth stay healthy Readers who would like to learn more can telephone 626-795-6855 or visit http://premiercaredentalgroup.com/.

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