Care for Your Collegiate Smile
College is a time in your life when you feel free and independent. You may be up all night studying, partying or both. But as you head off into independence, it’s still important to get enough sleep, eat right and take care of your teeth.
Here are some tips to heading off to college with a smile:
•Brush and floss regularly. Sure, it’s a no-brainer, but sometimes people don’t take the time they need to care for their teeth and gums. If you don’t, you’re at risk for cavities and gum disease.
•Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Sure you may want to reach for that cookie or energy drink to give you an extra boost at midnight as you’re struggling to finish your paper. But that extra sugar means you’re at risk for cavities, and the freshman 15. The sugar in sodas or energy drinks, and starches like chips and other snack foods, can stick like a magnet to the plaque on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque turn sugar into acids that are powerful enough to dissolve the hard enamel that covers your teeth. That’s how cavities get started.
•Sleep. It’s important. And don’t forget to brush your teeth at bedtime. A relaxing routine that includes brushing and flossing lets your body know it’s time for sleep.
College life is fun and exciting. But take care of yourself. Your mom would want you to.