Winter has its share of comforts: the holidays, crackling fires, and quiet evenings spent with a good book and a cup of cocoa. On the other hand, it has its downsides as well.Take colds and the flu for example. Never fear, though. Here are some flu season tips from a dentist that will keep you smiling, even when that old North wind starts kicking up a fuss.
Seven Flu Season Tips You May Never Have Heard Before
Here are our top seven tips for keeping sickness at bay during the cold season:
- Brush your teeth. We’re guessing you’ve never heard that particular tip in relation to the flu before. Truth is,your teeth are your first line of defense against invading germs. Keeping them clean will help to make sure that the enemy keeps its distance.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is essential to staying healthy. Your body needs plenty of water in order to produce saliva, which has potent anti-germ properties. So grab your water bottle and enjoy a long, cool drink.
- Upgrade your toothbrush. Most of us keep our toothbrush long past its prime. Dentists recommend switching every 2 months, or whenever the current brush starts looking a little frayed.
- Try a salt water gargle. Gargling is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Give the habit a health- boosting kick by adding a little salt to the water. This will help to kill germs and keep you breathing free and easy.
- Keep it sugar-free. Sometimes we can take all the precautions in the world and still end up with a stuffy head. If that happens, then by all means take a good over-the-counter medication to help you feel better. Just make sure it’s sugar free. That way, you’ll be doing your teeth a favor at the same time. While you’re at it, make sure you know about any potential side effects or drug interaction concerns before taking any type of medicine.
- Start 2019 with a trip to your dentist. Few of us will have the free time between now and year’s end to see our dentist. A better idea is to set an appointment for as early in 2019 as possible. There’s no better way to start the year on a positive note than by getting your teeth and gums checked out.
- Stay positive. Believe it or not,some studies indicate that staying on an upbeat note can actually help your body to fend off infection. So keep cheery thoughts in your head, not only during the holidays but all your ’round. Your health will thank you.
Winter will switch to spring in a few months. When that happens, hopefully your concerns about colds and flu will go back on the shelf until next year. In the meantime, use the tips in this post to safeguard your health until that welcome day arrives.
About the Author
Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken studied dentistry at the prestigious Faculté Libre de Medecine in France before moving to the US. She stays on top of her game by investing in ongoing training throughout the year. You can reach her office online or by calling (703)714-7374.