Your local dentist in Ankeny, IA knows that one of your big concerns this autumn season (even bigger than thinking about protecting your smile health) is doing what you can to avoid the flu! Nobody wants to think about it, nobody wants to get it, yet it’s certainly something that requires some forethought and planning to prevent. If you feel like you usually just hope for the best and you’re not so sure about any action you can really take to keep from coming in contact with influenza germs, have we got some tips for you!
Tip: Stop Sharing Drinks And More
If you’re sharing a toothbrush with your spouse, this something you should absolutely stop doing when flu season is underway (though we also suggest it year-round, as it’s not safe for your oral health). Now, when our team mentions sharing, we want you to remember that this virus is extremely contagious. Though taking a sip of your friend’s pumpkin spice latte might be extremely tempting, this is certainly a time of year to get your own. Otherwise, you might be sharing flu germs, too, reminds your local dentist.
Tip: Get That Flu Shot
Of course, this is up to you! If you are a patient who believes in receiving the flu vaccine as a means of protecting yourself against contracting the flu (or against its potential severity), then your local dentist reminds you not to wait. It doesn’t work immediately and we are only just entering the beginning of flu season. To make sure you’re covered as the flu enters our community, the sooner you get your flu shot, the better!
Tip: Don’t Forget About Keeping Your Space And Hands Clean
It’s all about keeping those flu germs away from you when flu season arrives, so don’t underestimate the power of keeping your space and your hands clean. When you use a hand sanitizer or wash your hands frequently (especially before meals or smile care), you reduce the chance of placing germs right into your mouth! Also, if you share your bathroom with anyone else, try to keep products separate (as mentioned) and the area clean to limit germ exposure.
Avoid The Flu With Some Help From Your Dentist
Rely on some tips from our dental team, as you do your best to keep your smile and your health safe this season! Visit us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA by contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.