Dental Care Tips For College

College is an exciting time for young adults. It’s the start of independence, finding themselves, adulthood, and developing a real routine, but one thing that many seem to forget is their oral hygiene. Dental health is important and can affect you for the rest of your life. Here are several ways to ace your next dental exam. 
Habits to Develop
  1. Replace your toothbrush regularly- Your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months or at the start of each semester. If your toothbrush is worn out with frayed bristles, it won’t clean your teeth as well. The ADA recommends using a toothbrush that fits your mouth with soft bristles.

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day- Brushing your teeth twice a day should be a top priority if you want to remove any plaque and prevent cavities. An easy schedule for on-the-go college students to follow is to brush after breakfast and before bed.

  1. Floss at least once a day- This should go hand in hand with brushing twice a day since flossing is also an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy.  By flossing, you remove plaque and food particles from under the gum line and in between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t get to.

  1. Get a teeth cleaning every six months- Everyone should have their teeth professionally cleaned every six months. If you are a college student living on a budget, try finding a local dentistry school, and ask if they do free checkups, teeth cleanings, and other dental services.

  1. Rinse with fluoride mouthwash- This gives you a better chance at killing the bacteria in your mouth and also protects against gingivitis and can prevent tooth decay.

  1. Use fluoride toothpaste- Similar to the mouthwash, fluoride toothpaste protects against tooth decay and reduces plaque and gingivitis.

  1. Chew sugar-free gum- Chew sugar-free gum after meals or snacks to help rinse away any acid from your teeth. This may act as an alternative when you don’t have time to brush.

  1. Swish with water- During late-night study sessions, students may consume large amounts of energy drinks, soda, or coffee. These can be super unhealthy for your teeth. Drinking plenty of water is one way to help reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay caused by the increase in acidic and sugary drinks.

  1. Stay away from snacking- Snacking is also common during late-night study sessions. If you’re grabbing a snack, pick healthy ones. It’s better to snack on things like dairy products, fresh produce and nuts than candy and other sticky, sugary foods.

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