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As cold and flu season looms over us, your daily dental habits need as much attention as you give to washing your hands and taking Vitamin C. If you have a condition that causes chronic gum inflammation, you can become sick when harmful bacteria enters your bloodstream through your gums. Good dental health lowers the risk of cold and flu viruses, and we offer a few methods to decrease cold and flu risk through dental care:

– Wash your hands each time you brush or floss or come into contact with a surface, as you could transfer germs after putting your fingers in your mouth. Contaminated surfaces include sinks, railings, and cups. Hand sanitizer is an excellent alternative if you are unable to wash your hands immediately.
– Virus can enter your body through your mouth, nose, or eyes, which is why you should avoid touching your smile as much as possible.
– The small crevices of your smile can breed bacteria and increase the likelihood of cold or flu, which is why it’s important to brush and floss daily.
– After brushing, rinse your toothbrush and store it in an upright position away from other toothbrushes. Toothbrushes are easily contaminated if not rinsed properly, especially following sickness. Every three months, you need to discard your toothbrush.
– An antibacterial mouthwash can help to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Excellent dental health reduces cold and flu, helping you enjoy a better holiday season. For more dental tips to fight colds and flu in New Whiteland, Indiana, call 317-535-7522 today and schedule an appointment at Parkview Dental, with our dentist, Dr. Gurusharan Singh.