A new school year is here! As you head back to the classroom, life is about to get a little busier. Simple things like brushing your teeth before going to bed may slip your mind after a long night of studying. While you focus on your academics, don’t let the school year leave a negative mark on your oral health. Here are 4 tips to ensure you ace your next dental exam with flying colors.
1. Step-Up Your Brushing Routine
Although your schedule will be more chaotic, don’t forget to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Your toothbrush is your first line of defense against preventable issues, like tooth decay. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth for 2 minutes in the morning and night. If you’re snacking more often, brush your teeth after every meal.
2. Don’t Forget to Floss
A toothbrush can’t reach everywhere in your mouth, like between your teeth. Plaque and tartar can accumulate, increasing your risk of gum disease. Only floss can clean the areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Use high-quality floss to clean between each tooth and around your gum line at least once a day.
3. Limit Sugars and Starches
Sugars and starches feed cavity-causing bacteria. It’s best to moderate your consumption to preserve your enamel. If you can’t resist a sweet treat, rinse your mouth with water or chew a piece of sugarless gum if you can’t get to your toothbrush.
4. Wear an Athletic Mouthguard
If you will be participating in sports during the next season, wear an athletic mouthguard. It will provide a protective barrier in case there’s an injury to your mouth to lessen your risk of broken, knocked-out, and dislodged teeth. It also prevents jaw injuries and lessens your risk of concussions.
Benefits of Routine Dental Checkups
Besides keeping your mouth clean and healthy at home, the American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. A dental hygienist will remove any buildup missed by brushing and flossing. They’ll also discuss your current oral hygiene habits to make recommendations for improvement.
Your dentist will examine your mouth to look for anything concerning, like weakened enamel. They’ll provide the quick care you need to prevent a minor issue from turning into a big problem.
By giving your teeth and gums the attention they deserve during the school year, you’ll reduce the risk of a toothache or another issue keeping you out of the classroom. It’s never too late to recommit to your dental health.
About Dr. Brandon White
Dr. White earned his dental degree at the Medical College of Virginia and has regularly continued his education in various specialties. He strives to help each patient achieve their best smile using personalized solutions and the latest innovations in dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (540) 874-2164.