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Maintaining Dental Health During Cold and Flu Season

CSDA offers a few tips to make sure dental routines are not neglected during cold and flu season.

Along with snow and frigid weather, the winter months also bring more cold and flu symptoms to Connecticut. Minimizing these wintry woes will be top of mind for many health-conscious residents, but the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) would like to offer a few tips to make sure dental routines are not neglected in the process.

“Some of the most important things you can do to stay healthy are also the simplest,” explains Dr. David Fried, CSDA President. “Washing your hands routinely is critical in preventing the spread of bacteria. If you do happen to get sick, make sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze to help get others around you healthy.”

If you find yourself in need of cold and flu medicine this season, make sure to check their ingredients. “Many of these can have unexpected amounts of sugar in them,” reminds Dr. Fried. Over the counter solutions, such as cough drops are a great example. For many, these have become an essential piece of getting over any cold symptom. However, while these provide short-term relief, the sugar could contribute to longer-term dental issues. Therefore, the CSDA recommends that you check the labeling and opt for the sugar-free option.

Staying hydrated is another key aspect of keeping a healthy mouth even when you’re feeling under the weather. Since many cold and flu medications leave your mouth dry, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids. Not only is dry mouth uncomfortable, but it can increase the likelihood of cavities down the road. “The sports drinks that many people use to stay hydrated tend to have high sugar content, as well. People should drink these in moderation, along with plenty of water,” suggests Dr. Fried. “And once you’ve made a full recovery, it’s best not to make these drinks a habit.”

The CSDA knows that staying healthy during cold and flu season is challenging enough, but with routine dental visits and daily dental care, there will be one less thing to worry about. 

About the Connecticut State Dental Association
The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) has approximately 2,300 members. As the trusted leader and voice for oral health care in Connecticut, the CSDA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1864. For more information about the CSDA, or to find a CSDA Member Dentist to make your next dental appointment, visit www.csda.com.

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