Oral Health vs. Overall Health

The common cold is no stranger to humanity. It has been around a long time, and will continue to inflict us with sniffles for years to come. Knowing how to maintain your optimal health requires a certain understanding in to maintain your oral health, amidst the cold and flu virus.

Ideally you want to prevent illness, but if you do fall ill, you also want to know how to recover from it quickly.

After a trip on the sick train, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming re-infected, is by replacing your toothbrush. Or, at the very least, soaking it in a strong mouthwash that contains alcohol in order to kill the bacteria.

Germs tend to be clingy. They can linger on the bristles of your toothbrush, and you could risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same oral care products. So maintain your optimal health by replacing your toothbrush regularly.

Aside from the “seasons of germs”, it is wise to protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long. As such, consider these tips:

  • Wash your hands before and after brushing your teeth and flossing
  • Allow your toothbrush to air dry after each use, as harmful bacteria will die after being exposed to oxygen
  • Store your toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
  • Ideally, replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months

At Dentists R Us, we wish to keep you healthy both inside and outside our offices, offering you continual advice on favourable oral care practices. We hope these simple tips will assist in your health and wellbeing, and believe that – above all – approaching each day with a smile is truly the best medicine of all!

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