While reviewing your calendar, did you realize that your next dental exam is just around the corner? Amid the hustle and bustle of back-to-school season, you may have let your dental care regimen fall to the wayside. The good news is that there is no time like the present to implement healthy habits again! Here are five helpful oral hygiene tips for back-to-school season.
Tip #1: Pack Smile-Friendly Snacks
A bag of chips or a warm pretzel from the cafeteria are convenient in a pinch, but they aren’t exactly smile-friendly snacks. One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums in pristine condition is by filling your diet with nutrient-dense foods. Try cutting up some fruits and veggies in storage containers at the beginning of the week so you can opt for vitamin-rich snacks on-the-go. You can also opt for yogurt, oatmeal, and veggie snack packs, which should be available at your local store.
Tip #2: Chew on Sugar-Free Gum Between Meals
Between classes, it can be difficult to find the time to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. The good news is that chewing on some sugar-free gum can help rinse away food particles by stimulating saliva production. So, do your best to keep a pack of sugar-free gum in your backpack, purse, or car at all times.
Tip #3: Playing Sports? Get a Custom-Made Mouthguard
Are you a part of your school’s football, baseball, or cheer team? Maybe you participate in sports outside of school, like surfing, gymnastics, or hockey. If so, you should wear a mouthguard during games and at practice. It’s one of the best ways to avoid chips, fractures, and other damage. Note: while one-size-fits-all mouthguards are available at your local sporting goods store, ones from your dentist are completely personalized, making them more effective.
Tip #4: Don’t Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth
After a late-night study session or a long day of classes, you may be tempted to jump into bed without brushing your teeth. Don’t! This will allow the food particles, plaque, and debris in your mouth to wreak havoc on your teeth and gums while you doze. So, take a few minutes to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash before getting under the covers.
Tip #5: Quit Unhealthy Dental Habits
When you’re stressed, do you bite your nails? When you’re studying, do you chew on your pencil or pen? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then there’s no time like the present to stop. Unhealthy dental habits like these can negatively impact your oral health and increase your chances of experiencing a dental injury.
With the above tips, you can pass your next dental exam with flying colors. If it’s been more than six months since your last checkup, then schedule yours today!
About the Author
Before earning his dental doctorate at the University of Michigan, Dr. Brett Amedro obtained his bachelor’s degree in biological science and his Masters of Physiology degree. To this day, he prioritizes continuing education with notable organizations, like the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association. In fact, he completed nearly twice the number of educational hours required! If you have a question about how to improve your at-home oral hygiene routine or you’re overdue for your six-month checkup and cleaning, don’t hesitate to visit his website or call (970) 668-1010.