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  • Staying Healthy during Flu Season

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    No one wants to start the New Year off with the flu.  It puts a damper on your resolution goals and slows you down when you’re fired up; ready to tackle the year.  As the orthodontist Frankfort residents trust for their braces and clear aligners, we understand that germs are unavoidable.  However, you can take steps that help your oral hygiene needs while keeping you in good health at the same time. 

    In Public Places

    Out in public, you have little to no control over the cleanliness of the surfaces around you.  If you are sick, avoid touching what you can and use a clean tissue when necessary to open doors or push elevator buttons.  Wash your hands often and keep your hands away from your face.  Coughing or sneezing into your elbow is a common practice that blocks others from germs while decreasing the spread of your germs.  If you are healthy, it is still beneficial to wash your hands often and to minimize the surfaces you touch.  Our Frankfort orthodontist office follows the OSHA guidelines to protect our patients and their health.  We focus on cleanliness and your oral hygiene needs so you have a healthy environment for every visit.

    At Work

    Working while you are sick or with others who are sick can start a chain reaction of illness; similar to what can happen around your home.   By cleaning surfaces, you can remove the germs and keep illness from spreading.  Clean your keyboard, screens, phones, light switches, and door knobs.  Think about how many things you touch in a day.  Now consider the number of employees you work with and your customers, patients, and other associates.  With weekly cleanings (or more often) during the cold and flu season, you can exponentially decrease the amount of germs we spread.   At our Frankfort orthodontist office, we use industry specified cleaning agents, protective masks, and take additional safety steps in order to prevent the spread of illness.

    At Home

    Luckily, our homes are more under our control when illness is abundant.  A good disinfecting and cleaning routine can help keep you and your family healthy.  If a member of your household is getting the sniffles, break out the cleaning supplies and assign jobs to everyone.  Clean television remotes, bathrooms, door knobs and handles, phones, and all surfaces that receive contact.  Additionally, don’t forget to clean your toothbrushes.  After an illness, a toothbrush is one of the last things people think about cleaning.  While brushing takes care of one step in your oral hygiene needs, a toothbrush filled with germs isn’t helpful.  Replace your brush after you’ve been sick, or take steps to disinfect the toothbrush.  Our Frankfort orthodontist recommends patients replace their toothbrush 3 to 4 times each year. 

    We understand that getting a cold or the flu can sometimes be unavoidable.  However, if you are aware of your surroundings, and take steps to keep your own hands and property clean, you can definitely reduce your risk of contracting any virus going around.   Protect your health by cleaning your retainer, your toothbrush, and anything else you come into contact with and you will be off to a good start.  Eat plenty of nutritious foods rich in vitamins A and C and you’ll be able to combat any germs that come your way.

    Follow our office on Facebook for more healthy tips or give us a call if you have questions about your oral health needs and braces.  We look forward to seeing your smiles and hope you keep in good health this season.