As we head into the most brutal part of winter, cold and flu season is among us. This list will give you 5 ways to better prepare and conquer cold and flu season.
1. Brush Well and Often
Your oral health is a big contributor to your overall health. Remember to keep brushing and flossing regularly.
2. Drink a lot of Liquid
Make sure to stay hydrated because you body will need extra fluid to fight off any infections or bacteria. Dry mouth also becomes a big problem when you do not consume enough liquid, and can lead to cavities and even gum disease. This cold and flu season, load up on water, soup, and sugar-free juice to keep your mouth and body happy and healthy.
3. Toss the Brush
If you become sick, throw away your old toothbrush once your back to normal. It is important to replace your toothbrush because it can harbor bad bacteria that can easily make you sick again.
4. Gargle with Salt Water
Gargling with warm water and salt can help to cut down on the bacteria in your mouth and helps to eliminate the bacteria that causes sore throats.
5. Choose Sugar-free Medicine
If you do become sick and receive medication for it, ask for sugar-free medication. Many cough drops and cough syrups are loaded with sugar to make them taste better. Having sugary cough drops in your mouth for so long can do some real damage to your teeth and gums.