Smile Habits OC

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Caring for Your Oral Health When You Have a Cold or the Flu

When you have a cold or the flu, taking care of your health and body is a top priority. Caring for your oral hygiene may not be at the top of your list, however, your oral health can also be impacted when you are sick. For instance, having a cold or the flu can increase the risk of dry mouth and cavities.

Daily oral hygiene may not cure your cold or flu, but it can reduce germs and cavity-causing bacteria from building up in your mouth when you are sick.

Click on the button below for tips from the American Dental Association to help you care for your oral health and help you feel your best when feeling under the weather.

Caring for Your Oral Health When You are Sick

Oral Health Information for the Whole Family

Infancy (0-11 months)

It starts with my very first tooth.

Early Childhood (1-5 years)

Help me develop good habits from the start.

School-Aged Children (6-13 years)

Protecting my permanent teeth is important to me.

Adolescents & Young Adults (14-20 years)

I need to take control of my oral health.

Adults (21-64 years)

My oral health is just as important as my overall health.

Pregnant and Postpartum

Oral health care and medical care go hand in hand.

Older Adults/Seniors (65+ years)

I want to keep my smile and natural teeth.

Individuals with Developmental Disabilities / Special Health Care Needs

I may need help for my best oral health.

Blogs and Local Oral Health News

December 5, 2023

Caring for Your Oral Health When You Have a Cold or the Flu

Cold and rainy weather are signs that the winter season is near. The winter season is also the time of the year for colds and the flu. Everyone is at…
November 3, 2023

Be Gentle to Your Smile

Many of us are serious about our oral hygiene. Caring for our oral health helps promote a healthy smile and helps protect our general health. We do this by following…
October 4, 2023

A Healthy and Bright Smile for All Ages

Good dental hygiene habits are important for a healthy smile at every age. They can protect one from dental problems such as cavities and gum disease. Good dental hygiene habits…
September 6, 2023

September is National Gum Care Month!

A healthy smile is a result of good oral health. Good oral health includes healthy teeth and healthy gums. Gums are the pink tissues that surround the base of your…
August 1, 2023

Pencils, Backpack, and a Toothbrush

For many children, the month of August marks the beginning of a new school year. As parents and caregivers help their child prepare for a successful academic year, it is…
July 3, 2023

Keep Your Family Safe From Oral Injuries

Summer is here! Hiking, biking, and playing at the park are some of the fun outdoor activities many families enjoy when the weather is warmer, and the days are longer.…

About the Orange County
Local Oral Health Program

The Orange County Local Oral Health Program (LOHP) is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for promoting and supporting optimal oral health equity for all Orange County residents.

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