As kids start going back to school all over the country, all of that time encapsulated in classrooms, exposed to their peers may very well translate into colds and other illnesses. While the attention can be fun, no one likes the feeling of being sick. If you’re concerned about germs, you can work towards avoiding sniffles, chills, or aches by following a couple of dental related health tips from your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Steve Burds.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
This is a no brainer no matter what you do. But if you’re going to be brushing, flossing, or putting your hands in or near your mouth in anyway, hand washing is the ticket. One sneeze or cough into your hand can coat your skin with hundreds of microscopic germs. Touch your hand to your nose or mouth after that and your body is going to have a fight on its hands. While you’re keeping those hands clean, don’t forget toothbrush maintenance. A single toothbrush can be infested with as many as 10 million bacteria. They may not all have the power to make you ill, but if you do have a significant contagious illness, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your oral hygiene implements when you feel better.
Feeling Sick? Give Us a Call
If you have a dental appointment and you’re feeling sick, consider rescheduling. While we want to see you, your Des Moines dentist and the rest of our dental team also want to stay well as much as possible. With the hand-to-mouth contact involved with a dental checkup, your dental staff is anxious to avoid germs so they can be there for patients. If you are in doubt as to whether or not your state of health is conducive to your dental appointment, just give us a call and let us know your symptoms. We can tell you if it sounds like something worthy of rescheduling.
Dental Checkups from Des Moines Dentist
Visit your Des Moines dentist to consult about restorative dental options such as dental crowns, or any preventive dental needs. You can contact our 50309 dental office by calling (515) 244-9565. Located in the 50309 area, we proudly welcome patients from Des Moines, River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.