Cold and flu season will be upon us soon. In addition to washing hands and covering sneezes to prevent the spread of germs, maintaining good oral hygiene is also an affective way to stay healthy during this time of the year. We offer the following tips to keep you well during flu season:
- Clean your toothbrush thoroughly – Remove toothpaste and food particles from the brush after each use. Store upright and wait until it is completely dry before placing a cap on it. In addition, you may want to soak you toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash once a week.
- Do not store your toothbrush with a sick person's – It's possible for germs to travel from one toothbrush to another. If there is a sick person in your household, store his or her toothbrush separately from everyone else's and dispose of it as soon as the sickness has passed.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly – The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush every three to four months, or until the bristles are frayed. You should also always get a new brush after a cold or a bout of the flu. Germs can linger on bristles which can prolong an illness or make you sick again.
- Wash your hands before and after bushing your teeth – This may sound strange, but washing your hands can help prevent the spread of germs from your hands to the toothbrush and vice versa.
If you want to know how to keep your orthodontic braces and teeth clean during flu season, contact an orthodontist in New York City today. Dr. Tanya Vaysman and the staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.