Cold and flu season affects everyone, whether you’re sick or taking care of someone. If you’re the type that worries about catching the new bug going around, you might be looking for ways to stave off sickness. You can still enjoy your day-to-day life and avoid cold and flu symptoms, though. A strong immune system can keep you healthy. It can also keep you out of the dentist’s chair for oral health problems. Lake Forest general dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, provides some ways to strengthen your immune system.
Steps to a Stronger Immune System
A lot of us have jobs that keep us at a desk most of the day. Be sure to take a break and walk to avoid feeling too sluggish. Doctors recommend at least a 30-minute walk every day. This kind of moderate exercise boosts leukocyte levels. These cells fight infections like colds and flus. Avoid eating sugary and fatty foods since they keep immune system cells down. These kinds of foods have enough sugar to lessen white blood cells, which fight foreign bacteria. Lessen stress to keep your immune system running smoothly.
Your Immune System and Oral Health
Not only can steps to a stronger immune system keep you sneezing and coughing, but they can also help your mouth. Strengthening the ability to fight foreign bacteria lowers your risk for oral infection and gum disease. Avoiding sugary and fatty foods prevents similar bacteria that spark tooth decay from breeding. Bacteria already present in the mouth feed on sugar and produce acid that can damage tooth enamel, leading to cavities. Food particles, especially from sticky or fatty foods, can get stuck between teeth. Once wedged, these chunks serve as a nest to grow more bacteria. By resisting foods that can make you overweight, you also help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Lowering stress levels can also prevent tooth grinding. Stress and anxiety have been linked to clenching or grinding, also known as bruxism.
Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Set up a visit to our office for a checkup. Working with your Lake Forest dentist can keep your mouth clean and free from complications caused by getting sick. Schedule an appointment by calling (847) 234-0517 today. We welcome patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs of Chicago.