Consider Your Oral Health This Cold And Flu Season

As the adage says, ‘seasons come and go’ — but that should not be true for your oral health. Despite the season, you need to be aware of the dos and don’ts to keep your smile healthy and happy!

Take Care Of Your Smile This Season

The cold and flu season is among us. However, this year, things are a bit more complex due to the COVID pandemic. Symptoms associated with colds and flus typically top the list of COVID symptoms, making it scary for anyone who is experiencing a common cold or flu. To help ensure you keep safe, stay home, limit social gatherings, wear a mask, and ensure you wash your hands often.

If you find yourself feeling under the weather this season, we recommend the following at-home remedies that will help get a smile back on your face, and make you feel better.

Stay Hydrated

Dry mouth or xerostomia due to dehydration can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Consistent hydration with water ensures production of saliva, hence the mouth remains hydrated and healthy. Additionally, saliva contains minerals and proteins that help protect and guard enamel from germs aiding in keeping bad breath away.

Buy Sugar-Free Lozenges 

Sugar is widely known to be the prime contributor to cavities. Most lozenges contain sugar elements for sweetening hence the importance of being selective when picking a lozenge. If you’re experiencing a sore throat, we advise using sugar-free lozenges or candies. These lozenges may contain sorbitol, xylitol, and/or mannitol, which will help to protect your teeth from cavities. They contain enamel guarding properties that are not broken down by bacteria. They also stimulate saliva producing glands to produce more saliva, reducing mouth dryness.

Consistent Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is constantly stressed during dental appointments, and for good reasons.  Having good oral hygiene can help you with your overall oral health! When sick, we advise to continue your oral hygiene routine as normal, as well as keeping your toothbrush clean. Under no circumstances should you share your toothbrush with anyone as you can spread harmful bacteria and germs. Make it a habit of ensuring that you check for any blisters or blood when brushing. If you find an open wound, change your toothbrush.

Are You In Burnaby? Visit Us For Premium Quality Dental Services!

At Simply Wellness Dental, we are happy to help you care for your oral health this season. We are currently operating on an appointment-only basis, and as a reminder, be sure to follow these guidelines: arrive alone unless escorted by a caretaker, complete your pre-screening form, no more than three patients in the waiting room, wear a mask, and wash your hands.

We are always glad to have you. Despite the current world challenges, all measures have been put in place to ensure your safety. It will be a pleasure to hear from you as you book your appointment. Call us at +1 (604) 423-3737 or schedule an appointment online. We’d be happy to speak to you about our other services including, Invisaligncleaning and prevention and oral appliances. We hope you all stay safe and healthy this season!