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Make Your Oral Health a Priority During College

Posted on 7/20/2018 by Dr. Pickens
Make Your Oral Health a Priority During CollegeFour years in college can feel like it flies by too fast. It is a blur where you try to do everything. College students are on their own for the first time and they are more responsible for their actions than ever before.

Their lives are busy, and they forget some of the habits that their parents tried to instill in them. One of the habits that can slip through the cracks is taking care of your oral health. This is why it is important not to let that happen.

Added Risk for College Students

College students are young and sometimes believe they are invincible. It is because of this attitude that they face different risk factors for their oral he3alth. Some of the things that college students often engage in can cause serious problems for their oral health.

These include:

•  Alcohol Use - Binge drinking puts students oral health at risk because of possible trauma from accidents but also because it can cause dry mouth which lowers the protection that teeth need.
•  Smoking - Whether it is cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco or marijuana, the damage to the teeth happens.
•  Lack of sleep and stress - These are things that every college student deals with. It affects their overall health as well as their oral health.

Lifestyle Changes

The other thing that puts college students at risk is the way their life changes when they go to college. They are more responsible for taking care of themselves. They do not have parents reminding them to eat the right foods, get plenty of sleep and to brush your teeth.

The best thing a college student can do is to make following all their hygiene needs a habit. Make sure they brush their teeth when they get up in the morning. Continue flossing and make dental appointments when on break from school. Following these habits can help them follow other habits like studying and sleeping that will make their years at college a success.

If you are in college and want to know how to keep up your oral health, contact our offices today to make an appointment.
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