A new school year is about to start, and you’ve done everything you could to make it the best one yet. You’ve bought all of your school supplies ahead of time, you’ve picked out the perfect set of outfits, and you’ve been slowly adjusting your sleep schedule to make getting up early easier. You’re ready to pass all of your classes this year with flying colors. However, there’s one test you may have been forgetting to study for – your dental exam! In the hustle and bustle of the back-to-school season, it can be all too easy to let your oral health fall by the wayside. To keep your smile healthy and ace your next dental exam, keep these six tips from a dentist in mind!
1. Pack the Right Snacks
It can be tempting to load your backpack with sugary or starchy foods to snack on throughout the day. However, items like crackers and cookies increase the sugar in your mouth, making it easier for bad bacteria to cause cavities. Instead, pack protein-rich foods like nuts, cheese, and yogurt. Not only is protein great for your teeth, but it can help you feel full longer and improve your focus!
2. Stay Hydrated
For the same reason, you should also limit sugary beverages. Most dentists agree that the healthiest drink for your teeth is water. It’s perfect for rinsing leftover food debris away from your teeth and gums, reducing your risk for cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns.
3. Chew Sugar-Free Gum
It can be almost impossible to brush your teeth after lunch when you’re out at school. Luckily, you can clean your teeth by chewing sugarless gum for about 20 minutes after eating. It stimulates saliva flow, which cleans out your mouth and even freshens your breath!
4. Get into a Routine
Brushing your teeth every morning and night (and also flossing before bed) should be so ingrained into your day that they feel second nature. Set alarms on your phone to remind you to clean your teeth. After a few short weeks, you shouldn’t need them anymore!
5. Schedule a Checkup at the Right Time
Dental offices are usually busy right before the school year starts and when insurance policies renew (around December and January). Try to schedule your appointment between these times so that your checkup won’t feel rushed.
6. Ask Your Dentist About Sealants
For an extra boost of protection against cavities, consider dental sealants. This quick and relatively cheap procedure involves applying a thin layer of resin to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, shielding them from decay. Sealants can last for several years and can prevent up to 80% of cavities!
Having a healthy smile is always important, even if it’s not listed on a school supply list. Keeping these back-to-school tips in mind will help you pass your next dental exam with flying colors!
About the Practice
At Brookwood Dental Associates, we do our utmost to help the families in the Lansdale, PA area maintain bright, healthy smiles by taking a preventive approach. Our team of highly trained dentists and in-house specialists offer a variety of services to help you avoid oral health problems. For example, we provide dental sealants and fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel. To learn more, contact us via our website or at (215) 368-2424.