As some early adults head back out across the country for the fall, we hope they take heed of these dental care tips for college students. For many, it’s the first time they’re truly living on their own. Independence is exciting, but it comes with a newfound responsibility as well. Maintaining proper oral health while in college is just as important as caring for one’s physical and mental well-being.
Maintain Daily Habits
Brush and floss every day. Even if you’re up late studying and up early to finish that last-minute assignment. Don’t neglect your daily dental routine. Additionally, be sure to see your dentist twice a year. If you’re at college close to home, that’s easy. But if you’re at a school across the country, be sure to prioritize finding a local dentist.
Keep a Healthy Diet
Avoiding the “freshman 15” is a good start. Eat fresh fruits and avoids, while skipping processed foods. Keep sugar to a minimum, as well. That means resisting the urge to grab sports drinks, energy drinks, and sodas to keep you going. They are filled with sugar and acid which damage your teeth.
Practice a Safe Lifestyle
Tobacco use is detrimental to oral health—cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and vaping all have negative effects on your teeth and should be avoided. Alcohol consumed in excess makes the mouth vulnerable to disease. Oral piercing can cause teeth to chip and create gum recession. And unsafe sexual practices can leave someone vulnerable to HPV which increases the risk of oral cancer.
College is both an exciting and challenging experience; especially now. If you take seriously these dental care tips for college students you’ll have an incredible semester whether it’s your first as a freshman or you’re counting down your days as a senior. We wish you the best of luck and all the success you deserve.