Have you been struggling with your health during this harsh cold and flu season? If so, you are not alone. This year, thousands of people across our nation have fallen victim to a violent virus of the flu. As a result, their oral health has become at risk for cavities and gum disease. Dr. Carrie Guernsey and our team here at North Shore Family Dentistry in Stoneham, Massachusetts, care for your health, which is why we are happy to give you some tips to help you lower the risk of cavities and gum disease which will aid your oral health.
To begin, it is important to remember when you are sick is to keep up with your oral hygiene each day. Brushing and flossing are at the heart of maintaining positive oral health. It is also imperative to remember to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze will reduce the spreading of germs and bacteria that could be causing your illness.
If you need cough drops, choose sugar-free cough drops when you are sick. By avoiding sugars or sticky substances from traditional cough drops on your teeth, you could lower your risk for cavities. It is also ideal to remember to use mouthwash when sick. This can clear away the stomach acids from your teeth and help keep your mouth hydrated. Rest is also a key factor for your health because while you sleep, your body is working to restore your health.
If you need a deep cleaning of your teeth after an illness, please call our office today at 781-662-1999. Our team is happy to help keep your mouth and teeth as clean as we can. Our dental team takes pride in the quality of care we strive to provide to you.