Every season, doctors strongly advise their patients to get their flu shots. Not only is having the flu detrimental to your work and your ability to enjoy the holidays, but it can be deadly if not caught and properly treated. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, an estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications in 2017, making it the deadliest flu season on record.
But we’re not just talking about the flu because of the season. In fact, good oral hygiene has the potential to reduce your risk of contracting the flu in many different ways.
For far too long, oral health has been disjointed from overall health, but the two have always been connected. While you should always get the vaccine just to stay protected, practicing good oral hygiene works to boost your immune system. The healthier the mouth is, the more you’re doing your body a favor during flu season. Of course, if you do end up developing the flu, you’ll still need to know the right steps to take after you’ve fully recovered.