• Steer clear of the Flu: Clean your Toothbrush

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    There are a variety of ways we try and keep ourselves healthy when flu season hits.  We wash our hands, we up our Vitamin C intake, and we steer clear of friends and family who are showing symptoms of the flu.  However, did you know that you can have the flu for almost 48 hours before knowing you are sick?  As the orthodontist Boise patients trust for their braces and other common treatments, know that we are also concerned about your oral health needs.  This includes helping patients understand how to keep their oral health in good health. 

    Toothbrushes and Retainers

    Germs are everywhere.  Rather than wrap yourself in a bubble to avoid germs at all cost, know how to protect yourself from them.  Brushing and flossing your teeth keeps bacteria from making itself at home in your mouth.  But this oral hygiene regimen also works to keep your mouth and body healthy.  Viruses are spread from one person to another through the nose, eyes, and mouth.  By keeping your hands clean and away from your face, you’ll prevent your risk of acquiring unwanted germs.  Our Boise orthodontist also recommends cleaning your retainer regularly if you wear one.  Have a designated container for your retainer and keep it clean. 

    Keep germs from spreading

    If you find yourself sick with the flu or a cold, make sure you keep your germs from spreading.  Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow and always wash your hands.  Make sure you don’t store your toothbrush next to someone else’s, and consider replacing the toothbrush all together.  The American Dental Association recommends that dental patients replace their toothbrush every 3 to four months.  This practice helps keep your bristles from wearing down and also reduces the spread of illnesses.  Clean the handle and the area the brush is stored in often.  As for your retainer, by keeping it in its own container, you avoid picking up germs that are left behind on uncleaned surfaces.

    Other ways to stay healthy

    Your oral health needs and hygiene are greatly dependent on brushing and flossing.  In addition to having good habits, you can keep your body healthy by consuming lots of water and foods rich in vitamins and minerals.  Our Boise orthodontist and staff do our part by offering a clean, sterile environment for every visit as well as strategically placed hand-sanitizers for your needs.

    Keep yourself healthy this year by addressing your hygiene habits and oral health needs.  Spend a few minutes cleaning the surfaces you touch each week with a disinfecting agent and keep your retainer away from areas it can pick up germs.  Visit us on Facebook for more from our Boise orthodontist and for the latest in orthodontia care.  We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to seeing you soon.