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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Consider These Oral Health Tips To Apply To Your Daily Routine

Moving to college is a big step. But not just in the sense that you’ll have an even greater amount of freedom than at home, but also because you’ll have to be more responsible than ever.  This especially applies to taking care of your health, including your oral hygiene.  Since college consists of many late nights and scattered sleeping and eating patterns, it is often difficult to keep up on your dental health.  However, adjusting your schedule to allow for proper cleaning at least twice a day should be made a high priority.
                Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, as opposed to one with hard bristles.  In addition to not properly cleaning each particular tooth, hard bristles can contribute to receding gums.  In addition to brushing, always remember to floss after every meal.  Flossing helps remove plaque and other gunk from between the teeth. If plaque is left to fester in these spaces, it can eventually contribute to cavities and potentially get into the bloodstream through the gums. 
                Rinsing with mouthwash is another key element, as it helps to eliminate any excess germs from the mouth after both brushing and flossing.  A good order to clean is to floss, brush, and then rinse.  If you have invested in an affordable dental plan, make sure to visit the dentist at least twice a year.  During college, time quickly flies by, and it is often too easy to forget about your oral health.  By investing the time and energy towards good cleaning habits for oral health, you will undoubtedly help prevent major dental issues from occurring in the future. 

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