Stop Cold and Flu Germs from Spreading
It’s that time of year when everyone around you seems to be coughing and sneezing and germs are everywhere. What’s your best defense to avoiding these cold and flu germs while staying healthy? Here are a few suggestions to stop the germs from spreading.
- Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water is the best way to protect yourself from catching a cold or the flu. If that’s not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid Touching Your Face
Germs are often spread by contact with your eyes, nose and mouth so try to keep your hands away from these areas.
- Cover Your Mouth And Nose
Contain your germs when you cough or sneeze by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Stay Home When You Are Sick
Going to school or work when you are sick exposes everyone else to your germs. Stay home and rest so you can get well quicker.
Do you need to throw away your toothbrush after you have been sick?
According to the Center for Disease Control, there is no research showing that brushing with a contaminated toothbrush has lead to recontamination of a user’s mouth, oral infections, or other adverse health effects. Some people think that putting your toothbrush in the microwave or dishwasher will kill the germs, but this may actually damage a toothbrush and affect its performance.
- Do not share a toothbrush with anybody.
- Rinse brush thoroughly with tap water after brushing to remove any toothpaste or particles.
- Store toothbrushes uncovered and upright so water drains quickly. If stored together, keep the brushes an inch away from each other.
- Replace brush every 3-4 months, or sooner if bristles are damaged or splayed. Children’s toothbrushes usually need to be replaced sooner.
One more thing: If you or your child use a glass to rinse after brushing, you should switch to a single-use paper cup.
Hopefully these hints will help you and your family avoid cold and flu germs this winter. We at Patriot Dental hope you stay well and we look forward to taking care of all your dental needs. Please call us with any dental questions or to book your next appointment today.