Now that school is back in session, it’s time to get back into a good routine. It’s always a good idea to get to bed early, have time scheduled for homework, and have well-balanced meals to give you the energy to get through the day. Another thing that you should be implementing into your routine is an excellent oral hygiene regimen. Here are some back-to-school tips to keep your smile as healthy and happy as possible.
Keep Up an Excellent Oral Hygiene Routine
The best way to maintain a healthy smile is by sticking to a good routine. Set reminders for your dental cleanings and checkups so you don’t forget, and get into the habit of brushing first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to sleep. Flossing is also an important step for reducing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash for extra freshness.
Get a Pack of Sugar-Free Gum
Dentists don’t usually tell you to enjoy sweet treats, but sugar-free gum is actually good for your smile. Instead of enjoying other sweets, chew sugar-free gum. This will help to rinse away food debris by stimulating your saliva production. Keep a pack in your backpack or car so it’s always available when you want a piece.
Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
Some of the most common snacks out there are starchy and sugary. Instead of munching on potato chips or cracks between meals, consider a tooth-healthy option, like salted nuts. Other great options include baby carrots, apple slices, string cheese, and yogurt. Instead of quenching your thirst with soda and sports drinks, stick to water or milk. If you are missing the crisp bubbles of soda, consider drinking sparkling water.
Get a Customized Mouthguard
Playing sports is a lot of fun and a great way to get the exercise you need to thrive. However, contact sports put your smile at risk. To keep your teeth from being damaged or knocked out, ask your dentist about a custom mouthguard. This way, you can have fun participating and potentially prevent a dental emergency.
Quit Bad Habits
We all have different responses to stress in our lives. However, if you respond by biting your nails or chewing on pens and pencils, your smile is at risk. You are introducing bacteria into your mouth, and you could end up with a chipped or cracked tooth. Try to swap this habit for a different one, like squeezing a stress ball.
It can be hard to get into the habit of caring for your smile, especially if your schedule is busy, but it is important to keep your pearly whites healthy. By taking the steps listed above, you are likely to pass your next dental exam with flying colors!
About the Author
Dr. Austin Amos earned his dental doctorate from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. He is committed to continuing education and is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentists, and the Seattle Study Club. For more ways to keep your smile in good health or to schedule an appointment at his office in The Colony, visit his website or call (972) 625-4746.