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Uni newbies urged to consider their dental health

by Evesham Dental, on 14th September 2015 | Comments Off on Uni newbies urged to consider their dental health

Last Updated on 7th December 2015

Student life is often exciting and fast paced, sometimes stressful and exhausting but there’s one area that can be overlooked by uni and college newbies and that’s oral health.

As exciting as your new life is likely to be, the dentists and hygienists at Evesham Dental Health Team are urging young patients from across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire who are off to college and university this autumn not to neglect their oral health.

Female student carrying food tray in the cafeteria Dental healthcare products can be considered a luxury – especially when money is tight and difficult decisions have to be made as to where you put your cash. Some parents send their children off to uni with a box of essentials, so why not ask them to pack toothpaste, an electric toothbrush, replacement heads, interdental brushes or floss and mouthwash?

One of the major concerns regarding students is their change of diet. Sugary snacks, ready-meals, alcohol and soft fizzy drinks are often the student diet of choice, but cutting down on how often you have these types of foods and drinks could be a key component in succeeding – and will also reduce your risk of mouth cancer, which has been linked to alcohol and tobacco intake.

If you’re playing contact sports, please make an appointment at our Evesham dental practice on Broadway Road to be fitted for a gum shield. This expense is nothing compared to the cost of replacing a missing tooth with a bridge or a dental implant, or repairing broken teeth with crowns or composite.

Try to limit sugary food and drinks to mealtimes only, and always remember to brush for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. This can easily be forgotten after a night in the student union!

And don’t forget to come and see us when you come home to keep up with your regular – and essential – dental health reviews.

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