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| SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass..—Nov. 20, 2019—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on a call with doctors this week that the United States is seeing more cases of the flu than is typical for this time of year, with 30 states already seeing flu activity—including Massachusetts. According to experts, when influenza is off to an early start, it can sometimes mean a more severe flu season.
While the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most crucial step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications, it’s also important to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
“By following some basic precautions, you and your family can stay physically healthy this season, while also maintaining good oral health,” said Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) President Janis Moriarty, DMD.
Washing your hands frequently during any time of the year is important. But the MDS recommends that you also practice good hand hygiene when it comes to brushing and flossing your teeth.
“Germs on your hands can easily be transmitted to your toothbrush and then to your mouth,” Dr. Moriarty said. “It’s important to wash your hands before and after brushing your teeth and flossing. Most people don’t realize that viruses and bacteria can live on your toothbrush.”
According to the CDC, the flu virus can live on moist surfaces for 72 hours.
“Since toothbrushes are breeding grounds for bacteria, they should be kept isolated from other brushes, as well as surfaces that touch other brushes, like toothbrush holders and bathroom cups,” Dr. Moriarty added. “And, of course, you should never share your toothbrush, but this is especially true when you are sick.”
The chances of re-infecting yourself after an illness are low, unless your immune system is severely compromised.
“You should be replacing your toothbrush about every three months,” Dr. Moriarty said. “But, if you have any doubts, you may want to consider tossing your brush and getting a new one after you’ve been sick.”
If you do get sick this cold and flu season, the MDS encourages three simple ways to care for your mouth:
1) Avoid cough drops with sugar or ingredients such as fructose or corn syrup. Sugar helps fuel cavity-causing bacteria, so sucking on sugar-filled cough drops can be as bad as sucking on candy.
The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS), a professional association representing 5,000+ member dentists and a statewide constituent of the American Dental Association, is dedicated to the professional development of its member dentists through initiatives in education, advocacy, the promotion of the highest professional standards, and championing oral health in the Commonwealth. For more information, visit massdental.org and follow the MDS on Twitter @MassDental.
SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.—November 13, 2019—Yankee Dental Congress® 2020 (Yankee) will bring millions of dollars to the Boston economy this winter when it is held January 30 – February 1, 2020, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. More than 26,000 dental health professionals and guests from around the United States are expected to attend this year’s event.
Yankee, which is New England’s largest dental meeting, is presented by the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) in cooperation with the dental societies of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
“We are very proud that the Yankee Dental Congress is a major contributor to the Boston economy year after year,” said MDS President Dr. Janis Moriarty. “We strive to create an exceptional learning and networking experience for dental professionals, so they are excited to attend every winter.”
For the last 45 years, Yankee has welcomed to Boston thousands of dental health professionals to participate in the three-day conference, which features hundreds of continuing education (CE) courses and more than 400 exhibitors showcasing the latest dental products and technologies.
According to the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 2019 Yankee Dental Congress® provided more than $11 million in economic impacts, including:
Yankee Dental Congress® 2020 will continue to provide dental professionals with industry-leading speakers and more than 300 innovative CE opportunities to energize their passions and fuel advances in the dental field. Educational highlights will include courses on treating patients with special needs, dental sleep medicine, digital dentistry, HPV, geriatric dentistry, and an interprofessional symposium focusing on practice models that blend oral and systemic health. There also will be a special track of courses for new dentists designed to help them learn from experienced practitioners and network with their peers.
Yankee also will continue to provide complimentary registration and educational courses to public health dental professionals to help support those who provide vital oral health care to underserved and disadvantaged populations throughout New England.
Yankee Dental Congress® is New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the highest quality dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and resources. With more than 26,000 dental professionals in attendance from across the United States, Yankee Dental Congress® is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Held in Boston each January, Yankee is the best source in New England for industry professionals on the cutting-edge of oral health care. Yankee Dental Congress® is presented by the Massachusetts Dental Society in cooperation with the dental associations of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. For more information, please visit yankeedental.com or call 877.515.9071.