As college starts again this fall, I get to recover from the rush of students trying to squeeze their cleaning and check-ups in before they start the new semester. This caused me to reflect on the lectures I had been giving to these young adults. I came to the conclusion that during this time in their lives, my patients are under a lot of stress, not eating their best, and putting dental care on the back burner.
Then I saw this fantastic article that expressed my exact observations.
So I’ll share my advice with you:
During times of stress and lack of sleep there is a decrease in salivary flow as a part of the fight or flight system. This can increase your risk of cavities.
Stress also triggers the release of chemicals that cause inflammation that can lead to gingivitis.
Lack of healthy dietary choices will lead to more than the “freshman 15.” Soft drinks, energy drinks, coffee and sports drinks have a lot of sugar and are acidic. This contributes to cavities and erosion of the enamel.
Stress and lack of sleep will lead college students to drink alcohol and smoke tobacco to reduce anxiety.
Healthy choices can lead to good oral health. The following are some Free or Low-Cost Apps that address overall Health:
|Courtesy of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene July 2014|