A Children's Dentist and Avoiding the Flu | Tucson, AZ

A Children’s Dentist and Avoiding the Flu

Avoiding the Flu

During the winter months, there is always a bigger chance of children contracting the flu. It’s important for parents to take as many precautions as possible to prevent this from occurring. Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria, and taking some precautions with dental care is an easy way to minimize the chance of spreading the flu. Check out these tips on avoiding the flu.

Wash Their Hands

Washing the toothbrush may seem like a good first step, but it does not make much sense to wash the brush if there is bacteria on the child’s hands. Have your children wash their hands before brushing their teeth to minimize the risk of germs being spread.

Store the Toothbrush Safely

Leaving your toothbrushes on the counter is a great way to accumulate bacteria. Avoiding the flu is a lot easier if toothbrushes are stored upright inside of a cabinet. This makes it less likely to accumulate bacteria.

Never Share

It is okay to share things like toothpaste and dental floss, but you should never share a toothbrush with another person. Sharing a toothbrush means sharing bacteria and it can lead to the fast spread of any sickness.

Replace the Toothbrush

Replace your toothbrushes when they are worn down, usually every 3-4 months. Old toothbrushes with torn bristles collect a lot of bacteria and, in addition, are ineffective at cleaning the teeth.

Schedule a Dentist Appointment

Visit us at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry or call (520)325-4746 to schedule an appointment. Your dentist can tell you more about dental health and the importance of keeping your child’s teeth clean!

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