Along with fall comes one of the most dramatic seasonal changes of the year. The vibrant, bright and illustrious colors of summer give way to the deeper, calmer, more tranquil shades of autumn, equally beautiful though different temperament. Unfortunately, weather changes as drastically as the colors do, and with these changes come challenges to maintaining our good health. Common colds, runny noses, and sore throats typically abound this season, dampening people’s joy and inhibiting fall festivities. To help you get out and enjoy the fall weather while it lasts, Polk City dentist Dr. Ryan Hussong gives you these tips for alleviating the discomfort of a sore throat.
Sore Throat Tips
- Rest and relaxation—A strained throat or vocal chords can often be a cause of soreness. If your voice seems raspy or broken, this may be the reason. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and rest your voice as much as possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids—Dryness can be another cause of throat discomfort. Water is the best choice for replenishing body fluids, and can also help rinse your mouth of food debris and plaque for increased protection against tooth decay and gum disease.
- Cough drops—Lozenges, such as cough drops, are made for sore throat relief. However, the sugar and acidity of most cough drops can feed harmful oral bacteria, so Dr. Hussong advises brushing your teeth before using one.
- Over–the-counter meds—Ibuprofen, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and other medicines can help relieve sore throat discomfort as well as other pain and fever symptoms. If you have medicinal allergies, or are trying to ease your child’s sore throat, speak with a physician before opting for medication.
Find the Source
In some cases, a sore throat can be the result of a viral or bacterial infection. Viral infections, like a cold or flu, typically resolve themselves over time with home care. A bacterial infection, however, may need additional treatment with antibiotics. Keeping your mouth clean with diligent oral hygiene can help reduce the risk of bacteria entering your body through your mouth and causing infection. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and floss at least once, preferably before bedtime. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your Polk City dentist by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. We serve families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.