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The Perfect College Care Package Item: A Toothbrush

September 9, 2011

Filed under: Children,Dental Care,teens — admin @ 9:58 am

Do you have a child away at college this fall?  Throw in a toothbrush along with other “We are thinking of you” items.

Skipping balanced meals in favor of snacking on sugary, carbohydrate-rich ‘convenience’ foods and beverages. A steady diet of pizza and soda, donuts and cappuccino can take a toll on oral health.

When college students eat carbs, they never eat alone.  Oral bacteria also feed on those insidious sugars and carbohydrates. This bacterial pig-out produces a sticky film called plaque that attaches to your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed every day, it builds up and eventually turns into a cement-like substance called tartar.

When you study for your college exams, don’t forget to prep for your next dental exam with these dental care tips:

  • When you are cramming for an important exam or rushing to an early class, brushing your teeth is probably the last thing on your mind.
  • However, it needs to be the first thing you think about after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed.
  • It takes only a couple of minutes twice a day to preserve your teeth and gums for a lifetime.
  • In addition to making healthier food choices, use fluoride toothpaste, thoroughly brush your teeth and gums twice each day, and floss at least once every day.

And when you come home for a school break, come see us at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design: 719-599-0700.

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