As you can probably imagine, we see and treat a wide range of people at Gaskell Avenue Dental practice in Knutsford, Cheshire, which is something we absolutely love about our job. From tiny babies at their first appointment to elderly patients who have been visiting us for years, our patients are from every walk of life and there’s something quite special about that.
Recently, we have seen quite a few university students through our doors. Some are new patients who have moved to the area since last September, while others have paid us a visit during the Summer break. However, we have noticed a trend in poor oral health from these particular patients, so we’d thought we’d address the issue and provide a few tips to help.
Often, this decline is simply due to a change in routine. Moving away from home and having to fend for yourself for the first time can be quite a drastic change of pace. From doing your own washing, to cooking your own meals, going out far more often than ever before, and even doing some studying in between all of that… it’s enough to throw out even the most fastidious routine. Our first tip is to try to remember to brush your teeth twice a day, aim for two minutes each time, and to floss once a day, too. Skipping these everyday habits at every late night or lie in soon adds up and this is when we start to see plaque build up, which can lead to all sorts of problems.
Another factor is diet. Being a student is not only tough on your time, it’s hard on your pocket, too. We fully remember having to cobble together something that vaguely resembled a meal from the leftovers in the fridge! One of our patients recently explained that she had been eating lots of tinned fruit because it is cheap and lasts a long time in the cupboard. This is a great idea in theory, but the downside is that the high levels of sugar have been playing havoc with her teeth. If you are shopping for cheaper options in the supermarket, do check the labels to ensure the flavour hasn’t been enhanced with too much sweet stuff!
Visit your dentist!
Our final tip is to visit your dentist as often as they recommend. It is a cost well worth factoring in to your budget, because a couple of missed appointments could be the difference between spotting a problem early and treating it simply, or finding something at a far more costly stage. To book your next appointment with us, give us a call on 01565 633034.