Going To University? Make Sure To Look After Your Teeth!
Further education offers many opportunities, but can also be a challenging time for oral health
A-levels and University admissions have made the headlines in the last few days, for all the wrong reasons. Hopefully this will be sorted out soon and everyone who has the grades is able to go to their chosen location.
Going to University can be a real life changer in so many ways. In addition to furthering your education, enabling you to work in your chosen field, it also brings many opportunities to socialise and meet new friends and acquaintances.
It isn’t without its challenges though, finances and the stress of attaining the desired qualifications can take their toll on the student. In the process, this can lead to a number of dental problems as well. Although we want you to have a good time and to get your qualifications, we don’t want this to be at the expense of your teeth and gums and our Chelmsford dentists at Blue Sky Dental offer some sage advice below.
The most obvious thing to say is that you should make sure to brush and floss your teeth every day. This may sound obvious but with the extra socialising, especially in the first year when you are getting to know people, and the stress of exams, it can be all too easy to neglect this. Decay and gum disease are more likely if you fail to do this and students may find that sore gums and toothache make studying that much more difficult. Basic good oral health care is not difficult to maintain and should be at the top of your list of ‘things to do’ each day.
Overdoing the partying
It’s probably the thing most parents dread about their children going to University. The thought that, out of sight, many of them will be partying quite a lot, especially in the earlier part of their stay. New friends, new experiences often come with a wide range of stimulants including alcohol and sometimes possibly drugs. We have mentioned before how alcohol can be very damaging to your teeth and gums. Our advice is to keep this in moderation and try to stay well hydrated too so that you avoid a dry mouth as far as possible. However much you have had to drink, do try to remember to clean your teeth before you go to bed.
Drugs are best avoided completely. Aside from the difficulty in knowing exactly what it is you are taking, and the strength, many non prescription (and some prescription) drugs can have a devastating effect on your teeth and gums, quite possibly resulting in tooth loss. Your general health could be at risk too and fatalities can also occur. It simply isn’t worth the risk.
With studying and exam stress often comes neglect regarding how we look after ourselves. Time that may normally have been spent cooking ourselves a nice meal may well be replaced by cramming studying with a pot noodle for sustenance. Cakes and biscuits also make a filling ‘snack’ and a bit of an energy boost to keep us going. Sadly, this type of diet will contribute to dental problems and should be avoided. Try to replace these snacks with things like carrot sticks and apples or other healthy tooth friendly snacks.
Beware of drinking too much coffee so that you can study all night too. Aside from the fact that this isn’t a great way to do this, your teeth may well look pretty discoloured at the end of the term. If you have noticed this happening to your teeth, you might be interested in our custom home teeth whitening solution to restore the whiteness of your teeth.
See a dentist
With everything else that happens when you go to university, some practicalities may take a back seat for a while or even be forgotten entirely. This can happen with dental appointments, especially if you are fortunate to have healthy teeth that rarely require any treatment. The problem is that healthy teeth won’t stay that way without professional supervision and guidance. You should make sure either to register with a dentist in your University town or arrange your appointments with us so that it fits in with times when you return home to Chelmsford during your breaks. We are happy to do our best to accommodate this so please feel free to discuss it with us.
Going to University offers so many possibilities that can have a huge impact on your life; from a better and well paid job, to new friends made for life. If you can go through the time with healthy teeth and a great looking smile, so much the better. Blue Sky Dental offer both general dentistry along with a wide range of cosmetic treatments that can really bring out the best in your smile. If you would like to arrange a consultation with us to discuss the best way to manage your oral health whilst studying, please call us on 01245 211070 and our team will be delighted to help.