Back 2 School: Oral Health Tips
Adulthood has begun and right before you start your wonderful journey over the next 4 years, you should take care of a few important things like your teeth! Here are 5 oral health tips you should consider before heading back to school:
- See your Dentist before you leave.
The last thing you want on your first day is a dental emergency. Make sure you have a scheduled teeth cleaning and get those pearly whites in tip-top shape before classes.
- Don’t forget your hygiene essentials.
Packing up for college can be overwhelming. Between all the boxes and suitcases, make sure there is room for your oral hygiene essentials like toothpaste, a new toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. Storing your toothbrush correctly is also very important. Simply throwing it into your luggage can attract bacteria to grow on the bristles, so make sure to store it in a clean container. If you need any of those items, ask us at your next appointment!
- Drink Plenty of Water and Limit Sugary Foods
This may seem like a tall order before you’ve had the taste of freedom, but sugary foods can cause plaque buildup, cavities, and tooth decay. All the things you don’t want to bring with you to college. Limit the damage by cutting back on sugar and drinking plenty of water after indulging in those dorm room snacks. Water will help wash away some of the lingering sugars, protecting your teeth.
- Don’t Stress
We all know that school can be challenging, but this should also be the best time of your life! Pay attention to your stress level and don’t put things in your mouth like pencils and pens. Chewing on hard objects when you’re anxious or stressed can damage your teeth. You can also invest in a nightguard to wear in your sleep to keep from grinding your teeth. This is very important because you don’t want to chip or crack a tooth over your next term paper.
- Don’t forget about US!
At Guffee Dental, we consider you a part of our family. Make sure to keep us updated and send lots of photos! We wish you all the best and a very successful school year. If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Good luck!