Are you a KSU student, but you’re not from the area? If so, you’re probably trying to find a few great places to eat, where you should get your haircut, where to go for fun and entertainment, and so on.
The Kennesaw area is a great place to go to school and as you probably already know Kennesaw State is quickly becoming one of the biggest and brightest universities in the state of Georgia.
While you’re probably busy with school, work, friends, and extracurricular activities, it’s important that you don’t overlook a very important aspect of your health while you’re in college…your oral health.
Yeah, yeah, we know you’re on your own and you don’t want to hear a lecture about how you’re supposed to brush your teeth and floss every day, but just following a few basic rules can ensure you come out of school with a degree and all of your teeth still white, bright, and healthy!
With that said, here are 6 basic oral hygiene tips to keep your teeth and mouth healthy while you’re studying hard at KSU:
Don’t skip brushing
Most college students brush their teeth before they leave their dorm room or apartment in the morning. However, what gets a lot of students is missing their nighttime brushing because they think, “I’m just going to bed. I’ll brush in the morning.”
While this sounds innocent enough, it’s a dangerous line of thinking that can lead to gum disease, stained teeth, and bad breath. You see, it’s important to brush your teeth before you go to bed, as your mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. By brushing before you go to bed, you remove most of the bacteria that would otherwise slowly but surely destroy your teeth and gums.
Floss once every day
Flossing is one of those simple habits that people of all ages struggle with. As a college student, now is the perfect time to make flossing part of your daily oral hygiene routine and it takes less than 60 seconds.
Here’s a quick tip: Leave your floss on your bathroom countertop beside your toothbrush. Most people have floss in their bathroom, but it’s often stuck in the back of a drawer, which leads to “out of sight, out of mind.”
If you keep your floss right beside your toothbrush, you’ll be more likely to take the extra 45-60 seconds to floss your teeth and get rid of those fine food particles that brushing can miss.
More water and less coffee, tea, and alcohol
If you’re over the age of 21 and you’re drinking responsibly, we aren’t here to tell you to stop. Speaking strictly from an oral healthcare perspective, tea, dark colas, coffee, and alcohol can have a negative impact on your oral health.
While it’s okay to enjoy some of these beverages in moderation, water is the best thing you can drink to ensure your body is adequately hydrated and your dental health is in excellent shape.
So next time you’re at the store, grab a pack of water instead of a pack of soda!
Eat healthy snacks and limit your sugar intake
Sugar can have a devastating impact on your teeth and gums. One way to keep your mouth healthier is to limit your consumption of sugary foods and beverages. If you eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and chew sugar-free gum (if you’re a gum chewer), your body (including your mouth) will thank you for it.
Use mouthwash routinely
Without mom or dad around you may find there is nobody to give you an honest opinion about your breath and you don’t want to be the person walking around campus with foul breath!
Mouthwash is another line of defense against harmful bacteria, gum disease, and of course, bad breath. I know you’re a college kid on a budget, but mouthwash is not very expensive and one quick 30-second “swish” per day can go a long way toward fighting gum disease and bad breath!
See a dentist every 6 months
As a college student, going to the dentist often gets put on the back burner. You don’t want to go to the dentist when you go home for the holidays or a long weekend, but at the same time you haven’t tried to find a dentist near Kennesaw Statethat you like.
Our advice to all college students:
Find a dentist near your school that you like. This way you can have a routine dental appointment on a quiet Wednesday afternoon when you don’t have class. You’ll get the dental care you need and won’t have to worry about seeing a dentist when you go home for a break.
If you’re a Kennesaw State student or parent of a KSU student, we’re not far away!
At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry in Powder Springs (just a little outside of Kennesaw), we’re only about 10 miles from the KSU campus and it’s an easy drive. Dr. Mohip and the rest of the team at Shining Smiles are a group of fun individuals who enjoy making patients laugh and smile (many of our patients think of us as family)!
If you’re a student looking to book an appointment for yourself or you’re the parent or guardian of a KSU student, we are currently offering a $99 new patient special! To learn more, give our practice a call or contact us right here on our website to get more information.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you take care of your teeth while you’re living your college experience!