We’re in the midst of flu season now, which of course, is not the first topic you really want to have on your mind! There are many, much more exciting things to spend your time thinking about! However, since doing what you can to avoid the flu can be very beneficial, our Riverside, CA team would like you to quickly focus your attention on important tips that you can use both in general and within your dental care routine! Have additional questions about dealing with smile care as it relates to your overall health? Just ask your Riverside dentist for answers during your next checkup! For now…

Get Your Flu Shot (If You’d Like!)

Are you a patient who believes in getting a flu shot each year to help reduce the severity of influenza or to help you avoid it altogether? If so, your Riverside dentist simply wishes to remind you that it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect. So, if you meant to get your shot already but haven’t done so, now is definitely the time to snap into action, so you can be certain you’ve taken care of this very important task!

Stop Sharing Your Hygiene Items

Now, let’s focus for a moment on what’s going on in your home bathroom, when you’re practicing dental care. If you’re sharing items during flu season, whether it’s a toothbrush (which we always suggest against) or toothpaste (which is generally fine!) or even a hand towel to wipe your face and hands, it’s a good idea to stop. When one person in your household gets sick, you can quickly spread germs through these means. Try to dedicate care items to each individual to prevent the spread of viruses!

Keep Backup Hygiene Items On Hand

Your Riverside dentist also reminds you that if you do become sick, whether it’s the flu, common cold, or otherwise, you will need to toss out your brush and start fresh once you’re better to avoid re-infection! It may be a good idea to keep some extra dental care items stocked up, just in case, so you’re never without your trusty cavity prevention!

Keep Your Smile Safe This Flu Season! 

Consider the extra help provided by your Riverside dentist, as you think through some simple tips to help you avoid the flu this season. Remember that simple dental hygiene changes often help! Have questions? Just ask! Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.