When the year starts to wind down, some of our nastiest common viruses can come out to play. While they exist throughout the year, this can be a particularly potent time for the infection and transmission. Such viruses include the common cold and influenza, and these can knock you down for a few days or even longer.
Even more so, these can be very dangerous to our oral health. We are going back out and being more social than ever, and this season looks to be especially difficult. It’s important to try to avoid contracting an illness from the beginning, but sometimes, these things happen. Today, your Baxter, MN dentist presents some tips to stay healthy this winter, and how best to maintain your oral health if you wind up sick!
Make The Effort
One of the best and simplest methods of avoiding winter sickness is through the use of the influenza vaccine. This can be easy to put off, but it can help you avoid feeling awful. Beyond having to take a few days off of work, getting sick can be expensive! Many pharmacies are currently offering discounts and rewards if you get your flu shot, so take the time to protect yourself.
The flu is not a trivial virus, either. We like to think of it as being similar to a common cold, but this can be seriously dangerous to your health. The year before COVID-19 erupted, over 50,000 Americans died as a result of this illness. We have additional concerns for this holiday season, so don’t risk it!
Hygiene Is Vital
One of the most important things you can do this winter, beyond your flu shot, is to keep strict hygiene regimens. We tend to touch more surfaces on account of visiting large open areas like shopping malls and department stores. We are also much more likely to travel to visit family during this time.
This means that every location could include contact with the flu or the common cold. We touch handrails and elevator buttons all the time during the holidays, and this can be hard to avoid. For this reason, it is imperative to keep your routine hygiene as best as it can possibly be. Be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds whenever you go out shopping or to visit your friends.
If You Catch Something
Whenever you contract one of our common viruses, you might feel so down that all you can think about is your discomfort. And while rest is vital in getting back on your feet, don’t let your fatigue allow you to ignore your oral health. Brushing your teeth when you’re sick can help you to feel a little better. You might not be able to control how you sweat or feel, but a clean mouth can bring an add level of freshness!
Visit Our Office in Baxter, MN!
Dr. Clinton L. Roberts and the friendly staff at Greenhaven Family Dental are happy to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile with a comprehensive approach to general dentistry. With years of training and experience in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Roberts is also adept at helping patients treat snoring and sleep apnea so they can rest more easily (and quietly). To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call our office in Baxter, MN, today at (218) 454-0523. We proudly welcome patients from Brainerd, Little Falls, Staples, Crosby-Ironton-Deerwood, and all surrounding communities.