Smile Safety When Sick

Sick OPKSThis time of year can be particularly dangerous in regard to our health. Frequent winter viruses such as the flu and the common cold are much more present during this time, for a variety of reasons. We are spending much more time indoors, huddled close to each other. Winter is simply a much more contained time. In addition to that, the holidays can lead to more people visiting each other from different areas. This connection is prime transmission material for these viruses.

When you become sick, your oral health can take a serious step back. It’s hard to get out of bed to take care of your routine maintenance when you are tired and trying to rest as much as possible. Not only that, but your immune system is busy focusing on this infection. You might not have the resources to keep your mouth fighting the constant risk of bacterial growth. Today, your Overland Park, KS dentist givs you some tips on how to keep your oral health strong while sick, and how to best void contracting these viruses to begin with!

Don’t Take The Risk

Since this time of year can be especially dangerous for our immune health, it is important to take the necessary steps to keep your oral health intact. For this, the most effective and easiest way is through the influenza vaccine. This simple shot could save you time, money, and a lot of discomfort. This season looks to be particularly strong, so if you don’t get this shot for you, do it for your loved ones. This common virus kills up to 50,000 Americans each year. Also, take the time to get your COVID booster, as well. This can help your health in many ways!

Try to keep up with appropriate hygiene, as well. This includes washing your hands for at least a full 20 seconds whenever you can. It is best to do this each time you leave or enter the house, and it is a great habit to keep all year round!

Caring For A Sick Mouth

If you have contracted one of our common viruses this winter, it is vital to take special care of your oral health at this time. Your immune system is busy with the viral infection, so your ability to fight off bacteria within the mouth is hampered. Your effort in taking that stress on can mean all the difference in the future of your smile.

Also, sticking to and improving your routine oral health maintenance at this time can help you to feel a bit better. Take the time to ease your discomfort when you can, for your wellbeing!

Call Us For More Information!

Contact Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS by calling 913-381-2600 to schedule your next appointment with our team and discuss how we can plan to protect your teeth as best as possible!