With the school year back in swing, and schedules filling up quickly with responsibilities and plans. Keeping this in mind, it is important that the in-depth oral hygiene routine that you were dedicated to all summer long doesn’t get put on the backburner now simply that you have more to do from one day to the next. Below you can uncover some of the best oral health tips we have for high schooler and college students who have recently started a new semester.

  • If you play sports…wear a mouthguard.

    If you play sports for your high school or college sports team, wearing a mouthguard is imperative. If you do not, you may not be so prone to smiling after an injury. After all, sports injuries account for almost 40 percent of dental injuries and emergencies. So protect yourself and your smile by purchasing a mouthguard.

  • Eat teeth-friendly snacks.

    You’re likely going to be on the run from one class to another, one club meeting to another, heck maybe even one job to another. When you are so busy, it often becomes difficult to make smart decisions about food, as the fast and easy options are normally the most unhealthy options as well. With this in mind, we would suggest packing snacks for yourself every morning or even every night before you head to bed. Foods you may want to consider include nuts, raw fruits and vegetables. Try to stay away from foods and drinks that are high in sugar and/or carbohydrates.

  • Adjust your oral health routine based on your new schedule.

    While you may have gotten used to brushing and flossing at certain times every day during the summer, you will now have to make a new schedule based off what your weeks look like between work, school and extracurricular activities. Whatever you do, do not neglect your oral hygiene routine simply because you are busier now. If you need some extra help, try setting an alarm on your phone that will remind you daily of when it is time to floss and brush. Additionally, there are several smartphone applications that are designed to help you keep your routine consistent.

  • Schedule an appointment with your local dentist.

    If you have yet to see your local dentist for your annual cleaning, it’s time to make an appointment. After all, the new year will be here before you know it! Visiting your dentist will also help you remain vigilant about taking care of your teeth even though you are far busier now than you were all summer.