Attention teenagers to adults in their 20s! We like to eat. It’s a fact that we students don’t try to deny. More and more aesthetic cafes are opening up. Instagram stories are full of food posts. And pasta just continues to taste so good. Who can help it and what do we do about it?
It’s no wonder everyone gains the “Freshman 15” – a phrase used to describe the few extra pounds that college students put on when they first start out university or high school. While there may be obvious general health risks with putting weight on, there’s also many risks to your oral health too.
We’re here to help you out. Here are some practical Do’s and Don’ts to help you out.
1. Do: Stay Hydrated
We all know that water is imperative to your health overall throughout the day. Not only will it keep your whole body healthy, but it will also mean that your mouth stays moist and replenished. This prevents many common oral problems. Caffeinated drinks are fine in moderation but excessive amounts may cause tooth decay and plaque build-up – not to mention stained teeth.
2. Do: Remember to Brush Twice a Day and Floss
Brushing your teeth should be something you do every day without fail anyway, but it’s always good to be reminded! We know a lot of students stay up late cramming for exams because as we all know – if today is not the due date, today is not the DO date. However, this is no excuse to neglect your basic oral hygiene. It only takes 2-3 minutes each time.
You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles and an easy-to-use handle with a small brush head to ensure optimal brushing technique. Remember to be extremely gentle when brushing your teeth as excessive brushing can cause bleeding gums and sensitive teeth.
3. Do: Enjoy your Healthy Snacks
Chocolate, crisps and cakes are extremely appetising. I mean, if everyone else is having them, how bad can they be? Truth be told, they are incredibly unhealthy for you unless eaten in moderation and this applies to your overall health. In fact, young Australian adults are not meeting national nutrition recommendations, according to this study.
1. Don’t: Consume lots of alcohol or smoke lots of cigarettes
Excess alcohol is not only bad for your general health but it can be damaging to your oral health too. It can cause discolouration of your teeth as well as tooth decay and dry mouth, resulting in bad breath. Furthermore, smoking is also known to be detrimental to your health as it’s known to cause various types of cancer, teeth stains, as well as gum disease. If you want to quit smoking and improve your health and oral hygiene, read out our easy tips to quit smoking and avoid teeth staining.
But if we’re being specific to your oral health, you may want to consider swapping sweet foods for something much healthier such as fruit, vegetables or nuts.
2. Don’t: Drink too many sugary drinks
Similar to sugary snacks, sugary drinks can also play a part in the decaying of your teeth. Many sugary drinks are full of acids that can cause enamel erosion and tooth decay, as well as helping you to pile on the pounds.
For Our High Schoolers
If you are under 18 years of age, you may be entitled to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. We do offer this Medicare scheme at both our clinics. You would have most likely received a letter home if you are eligible for it.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us: