College (and the high school years leading up to it) can be an exciting time. It can also be a time of all-nighters, junk food, and some stress. Check out these easy tips for maintaining your oral health this summer and while you’re away at school next fall!
Keep Stress In Check – Stress causes inflammation in the body, and that includes inflammation in your gums. Excess stress can lead to teeth grinding, jaw pain, and even gum recession. Whether it’s filling out college applications and financial aid forms, preparing for a move to campus, or studying for college placement exams, this time in your life can feel a bit overwhelming. Try to take one thing at a time, keep a positive outlook, and find outlets to de-stress.
Schedule Your Appointments – Even during college years, you’ll likely return home for summer and other breaks. Scheduling your regular cleanings and checkups during these breaks can help make sure your teeth and gums are getting the care they need. One less thing to have to think about! Going to a local college? Schedule your appointments for Saturdays or other times when your class load isn’t as busy.
Be Prepared – The best way to ensure you’ll keep up with your hygiene routine while away at school is to be prepared. Bring extra toothbrushes (or electric toothbrush heads), mouth-rinse, floss, and anything else you might need while you’re away. Bring enough to last the whole seminar so you never have to think about it.
Stay Hydrated – Tooth decay and gum recession can happen easily when you’re consuming too much acid (like what is found in most sports drinks and sodas), so keep drinking water. If you play sports, you’ll need to drink even more water to maintain healthy levels of hydration.
Get Some Sleep – Pulling all-nighters wreak havoc on your body, including your oral health. Be sure you’re getting enough rest to give your body a chance to fight any infections, and heal itself.