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Brush up on your knowledge of flu season. Did you know that bacteria from the flu can live on your toothbrush? If you’ve been sick recently, the germs that got you sick are still on your brush, and could re-infect you or infect others who keep their brush near yours. Here are some easy tips from dentist, Dr. Seth Keiles, founder of toothbrush subscription service GoodMouth, for keeping your mouth and your body healthy during flu season.

  • Give it a taste. If food tastes odd or your mouth feels dry, it could be a sign that you’re about to get sick. Take Vitamin C, Echinacea, or even silver to stop a full-blown cold or flu.

  • Watch your mouth. Cold sores and canker sores are often a sign of a weakened immune system. If you see sores starting to form, it could mean you are susceptible to catching a cold or the flu.
  • Cover it up. If you do get sick, don’t cover your cough with your hands—doing so will spread germs to everything you touch. Instead, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.

  • Rinse it away. Gargle and rinse with a non-alcohol mouthwash. It will lower the amount of bacteria in your mouth and decrease your chances of spreading germs when you cough.

  • Toss it out. Throw away your old toothbrush every time you or someone you live with gets sick. It harbors the same germs that got you sick in the first place, and can make you or others sick.


 Dr. Seth Keiles Headshot resizedAbout Dr. Keiles

Dr. Keiles was introduced to dentistry early, spending summers working in his father's California office. He began practicing dentistry in Palo Alto where he grew a comprehensive care and preventive-focused private practice and was a founder of OnSite Dental Care. He was also a founder of the OnSite Dental Foundation, which provided care to at-risk families. He continues his efforts to care for those in need through the Giving Goodness Program. Dr. Keiles earned his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The New York State Dental Association and Ninth District Dental Association. He also recently finished the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in 51 degree water.

About GoodMouth:
GoodMouth was founded on the principle that old toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and cause easily preventable oral diseases. From helping you choose the right toothbrush to ensuring that you always have fresh toothbrushes, no matter how hectic life becomes, GoodMouth does the legwork to bring you better health. Subscriptions are available monthly, bimonthly, or once every three months for just $4.95 per delivery, and subscribers are able to cancel at any time throughout the year. A GoodMouth subscription also benefits the millions of Americans without access to dental healthcare by providing someone in need with two brushes or the equivalent in dental care.

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A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is an easy way to stay healthy. Research has shown that poor oral hygiene is linked to a number of health conditions like heart disease and liver problems. Here are some easy tips from dentist Seth Keiles to add to your regular dental routine to keep your mouth in top condition.

no dairy symbol1. Ditch the dairy.

Milk products can change the acidity in your mouth, creating an environment that favors an overgrowth of bacteria.

2. Tone up your tongue. 

Use a tongue brush or separate, soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your tongue, making sure to brush the back close to the throat to clean away the most bacteria.

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