High school graduation is right around the corner! Many high school seniors are getting ready to head off to college in the fall. And while college is an exciting time for more independence, it’s also important to establish healthy dental habits into new schedules and routines, even if students’ parents aren’t around to remind them!
Late night study sessions can mean a lot of extra soda, coffee, and energy drinks, which is tough on enamel. Sugars can wear down the tooth’s enamel, and increase the chances of gingivitis and tooth decay. Even on those late nights, it’s important that students make sure to brush their teeth before going to sleep.
Late nights also mean more pizza and sugary snacks than students might have had in high school. Again, it’s important to try and limit unhealthy snacks and rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth when they are consumed. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash every night will go a long way to keep teeth healthy and avoid getting cavities for college students.
Another thing for college students to remember is to schedule dentist appointments. Even if they are living out of state, it’s important for students to go to a dental clinic to keep up good oral health habits. Regular dentist appointments also help determine whether or not they will need to get their wisdom teeth removed.
Stressing the importance of dental health to high school students now will help them create or maintain good habits as they go off to college this fall.
Before they leave for school, be sure to schedule an appointment with the family dentists at Dakota Dental. The Apple Valley dentists at Dakota Dental will talk to students about taking care of their teeth and give tips for forming good oral health habits. Contact Dakota Dental today to schedule appointments for the whole family!