3 Orthodontic Tips For Cold & Flu Season in FL

3 Orthodontic Tips For Cold & Flu Season in FL
Posted on 03/15/2019
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3 Tips From Your West Palm Beach Orthodontist For Cold & Flu Season in FL

Here in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Wellington, FL, and surrounding areas, we’re lucky to not have to face brutal winters. But that doesn’t mean we’re off the hook for cold and flu season. Our leading orthodontists in Boynton Beach, Dr. Lunsford and Dr. McCaffrey, have a few tips to keep in mind for taking care of both your cold and your braces or Invisalign. Remember, if you have any questions about how to take care of your oral health while you’re ill, our doctors and our team are always happy to take patient questions.

1. Avoid Cough Syrup

Our first tip is an important one because it relates to some of the basic care you’re asked to master when you first start your orthodontic treatment, and that’s choosing the right medications. Cough syrups tend to have a lot of sugar and are liquid, meaning that the sugar can get into all the hard to clean spots in your mouth and poses the same threat as sugary drinks and goopy sweet treats. Avoid couth syrups in favor of capsules where you can--most cough syrups have the option for both.

2. Dry Mouth Is A Risk For Cavities

Getting plenty of fluids while you’re sick is important for everyone because dry mouth can increase your risk of tooth decay. This is true whether or not you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. But for patients who have to be extra cautious about their oral health because of having braces or Invisalign, it’s an even bigger risk factor. The same is true if you use Invisalign Teen because if there are bacteria under your aligner trays, your mouth’s regulatory systems won’t help to clean them out.

3. Don’t Skip Your Routine

Regular brushing and flossing is vital for everyone, but it’s especially important during your orthodontic treatment. No matter how tired you get, it’s important to keep up your oral hygiene so you don’t wind up sick again with an infection that set in during your first illness. It might be difficult, but the little extra effort now can save you a lot of discomfort in the end.

Make an Appointment Today

Remember, it’s important for your overall oral health to have regular visits to your orthodontist in West Palm Beach, FL. To learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us and make an appointment today to make sure you’re well taken care of.
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