Because fighting illness begins in your mouth!

You likely have your go-to method when it comes to the cold and flu season when a slight tickle hits your throat — from loading up on vitamin C to taking zinc — since there are many methods for staying well. 

At Christiana Dental Spa, wellness begins with your dental health and this includes the most basic aspects of brushing and flossing to scheduling consistent dental cleanings. Learn more about how you can stave off illness this season by tending to your oral health.    

4 Dental Tips To Support Your Immune System

Skip The Sweets

We all love sugar and the fact that it hides in just about everything makes it hard to cut. Not only is sugar (and processed carbs) a cavity-bomb for our teeth, it really can put a damper on our immune health. Why is sugar so bad? Sugar is what wreaks havoc on our dental health by feeding the bad bacteria in our mouths. In turn, the bacteria produce acid which eats away at our enamel and causes cavities. 

It’s important to mention that if your body is busy fighting cavities, it may not have the same strength to ward off illness. So, stay healthy and boost your immune response by caring for your teeth and skipping the sweets.    

Load Up on Fresh Veggies

Eating fresh veggies is the ultimate multitasker when it comes to supporting your teeth and your immune health. When you eat hard veggies such as carrots, bell peppers, and cucumbers, not only are they a natural scrubber and help to clean your teeth, but they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep you healthy! 

Keep The Bugs

Our first reaction to bacteria is that they’re all bad, especially the bacteria in our bodies — after all, they produce illness, right? While this is somewhat true, yes there is definitely bad bacteria that is harmful, but there are also good bacteria that our mouths benefit from! So, before you go on a rampage and want to destroy all the buggers lurking, let’s explore why some bacteria are beneficial. 

The way to keep good bacteria around is through probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria you want around and there are even specific strains that support your dental health. Both K12 and M18 are probiotics that actively combat dental decay! 

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is often on most of our wellness playbooks but when the weather becomes cooler, we often need more reminders to drink it! Not only does it help keep us hydrated and protect our immune health by carrying oxygen to your cells and ushering toxins out, but it’s also great for removing food debris and harmful bacteria from our mouths.

There are many ways to support your health and wellness in the cold and flu season, and as we’ve learned, some of it can begin with your dental care routine and practices. From skipping the sweets, eating fresh veggies, keeping the good bugs around, and staying hydrated it promotes wellness from the inside!

To schedule your routine dental cleaning, connect with us today!