Winter is here and so is the Flu!

It’s that time of the year again! Winter is here and can be a magical time of the year, but we are also in the height of flu season. Your child may not be feeling their very best and it will be easy to let their oral hygiene routine fall by the wayside.

 

At Kiddies Dental Care, our pediatric dentists and therapists have shared some tips!

 

 

Drink plenty of water! Nasal congestion and mouth breathing are very common when feeling ill. The result can leave your mouth very dry and hinder the dental benefits of saliva. Your mouth becomes susceptible to the bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay when you’re sick because saliva plays an integral role in controlling the bacteria in your mouth.

 

Be cautious of sugary medicines. Many over-the-counter medicines, cough syrups and sore throat drops are often loaded with sugar. Sore throat drops linger in your mouth as you suck on them, so be sure to find sugar-free lozenges and medicine. If your medication is not sugar-free, be sure to brush your teeth or rinse shortly after taking them.

 

Rinse out with warm salt water. Gargling with warm salt-water helps to reduce the harmful bacteria in your throat and the plaque in your mouth.

 

Throw away your old toothbrush. When your finally over your cold be sure to throw away your old toothbrush and replace it with a new one. If you’re using an electric toothbrush change your brush head. Doing so can help avoid falling ill again as bacteria will harbour on your old toothbrush.

 

Need some further help, CONTACT US on 03 9372 8960 to talk to one of our team members who will be happy to assist you.

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