As many of us get used to new routines and schedules, we have the opportunity to build in some healthy habits for our respective smiles. Our Saint Louis dentists have put together this short article about things you can do to prioritize dental health this school year. Let’s get started!
Here’s a habit that you can develop this year: keep water with you throughout the day, so that you don’t have to depend on accessible water fountains to stay hydrated. By carrying water with you, you ensure that you can rehydrate all day long, and you further insure that you won’t need to settle for a sugary or acidic beverages if water isn’t available.
As you get used to your school-year schedule, our team encourages you to build-in a moment to rinse your mouth after eating meals and snacks. When you rinse your smile regularly you clear away dental debris, minimize plaque build-up, refresh your breath, and promote dental enamel re-mineralization. All with one simple step!
Minimize Bad Habits
We also encourage you to take this opportunity to notice and minimize any bad habits that may be affecting your oral health. If, for example, you regularly chew on the end of your pen or pencil as you work, you may be weakening your dental enamel without realizing it. It’s also common for patients of all ages to clench or grind their teeth as they concentrate. The problem is that this behavior increases your risk of developing TMJ problems and thinning enamel.
Can you think of additional ways you can refresh your smile during the day? We’d love to hear your thoughts! You can always reach our Saint Louis dental team by giving us a call, or by using the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry.