Cold and flu season is often synonymous with poor oral hygiene. This is because being sick can bring discomfort, drowsiness and utilize drugs that may not sit well with your oral health. We find that many patients find it hard to maintain the proper oral hygiene standards when feeling under the weather.
Teledentistry Appointments Are Available
This year, Dentistry in Motion wants you to maintain your oral health despite the cold and flu threat. Even with the current Toronto lockdown, we remain open but keen on all COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols. Furthermore, we offer teledentistry appointments as an option! An innovative solution that facilitates guidance and dental care via information technology, offering a novel solution to the COVID-19 pandemic face-to-face threat.
While we would be happy to serve you in our office, we can still perform a thorough checkup utilizing teledentistry methods. If you are feeling under the weather but have a concern about your oral health, this is the perfect way to speak to one of our dental professionals while you stay home and focus on getting better.
On top of booking a teledentistry appointment, our team recommends the following tips to care for your oral health if you’re experiencing a cold and/or flu:
Find Alternatives To Decongestants
If you’re sick, you may find yourself with a congested nose. The quickest remedy is to get a decongestant from your local drug store. The decongestant will quickly dry out the sinuses. However, it is salient to note that decongestants cause dry mouth and reduce the saliva in your mouth. Once saliva is in low quantity, you are at a greater risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Such ailments can be averted by the use of other medications such as cetirizine. Saliva contains protective properties that guide enamel from being destroyed by destructive bacteria.
Drink Non-Acidic Beverages
As you know, it is advisable to stay hydrated when you have a cold or the flu. Many people prefer acidic drinks like orange juice due to its vitamin C element that boosts the immune system. However, the acid destroys your teeth’s enamel, hence making it weak and prone to cavities. Instead, drink water to avoid any form of acidic reaction on your teeth.
Maintain General Hygiene
General oral health requires that you keep your toothbrush clean at all times. Ensure you rinse it thoroughly with water after use to avoid germs remaining on it since you will use it again. Failure to this, you might have a prolonged cold, and the brushing will always be recycling bacteria in your teeth. It’s prudent to replace your toothbrush every three months.
In Toronto? Take Charge of Your Oral Health!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our office has introduced several changes to ensure your safety. Although we have always upheld high hygienic standards, we have advanced it to ensure your confidence when coming into the office. Hand sanitizers are in every corner of the office, JADE air purifiers from Surgically Clean Air are in use, and social distancing protocols are in place.
Feel free to book your appointment with us via email at email@example.com. You can also call us on (416) 785-7619 or fill out our contact form on our website. One of our staff will assist you with the services we offer, including Invisalign, dental implants, and preventive dentistry.