“Brush Up” on Smile Care to Prevent Colds

Everyone understands that good nutrition, physical activity and regular hand-washing are critical in maintaining a strong immune system. However, most people don’t realize the role that oral hygiene plays in keeping themselves healthy.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, there are more than 300 species of bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria levels can increase when teeth are not brushed, creating a breeding ground for viruses that can travel through the bloodstream to other body parts. Recent research suggests that bacteria found in the throat, as well as bacteria found in the mouth, can be drawn into the lower respiratory tract; the area where the common cold is manifested.

Fortunately, brushing up on oral care routines can help keep colds at bay. Here are some tips to get you started.

Super Snack

Fresh apples, especially Red Delicious, are known for cleaning teeth and strengthening gums, as well as being excellent detoxifiers. Moreover, a serving of 100 percent apple juice has been shown to help destroy viruses in the body. It’s also a good means of providing essential fluids to the body.

Fight More than Just Plaque with your Toothpaste

Toothpaste technology has evolved significantly. These days they not only taste better, but they also kill more germs than ever. A new compound has been proven to inhibit mouth bacteria, in the form of plaque, significantly better than the typical sodium fluoride toothpaste for over 24 hours. These ingredients are only available in Crest Pro-Health toothpaste, which also protects against tartar, cavities, gingivitis, sensitivity, stains and freshens breath.

Step it up to Power

Step up your brushing routine by trading in your manual toothbrush for a power toothbrush like the Oral-B Vitality. You can keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing twice a day for two minutes, and focusing on the area above the gumline to stimulate blood flow. Oral-B Vitality is proven to reduce up to two times more plaque than a regular manual brush, for a cleaner feeling mouth at under $20.

Keep Those Bristles in Tip Top Shape

According to the Centers for Disease Control, even after being rinsed visibly clean, toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms. To avoid infection, after rinsing, dry the toothbrush upright in a well ventilated, but protected area. Additionally, replace the toothbrush every three months. And, if you do get sick, get a new toothbrush as soon as you recover, so the germs don’t re-infect you. This year, keep your mouth and body healthy and fit!