College can be a crazy, fun and busy time for our college age patients.
You’re on your own, you’re becoming an adult, you’re making decisions for yourself.
We’re guessing your oral health isn’t really on your mind during this fascinating time in your life. But with the pitfalls of college comes pitfalls for your oral health.
Those oral hazards are:
-Alcohol: The oral health risk factor that is perhaps most often associated with college students is excessive alcohol consumption. The sugars in alcohol can be damaging to your teeth. Alcohol can also dehydrate you which can lead to not having a lot of saliva in your mouth. Inside saliva there are anti bacterial agents which buffer acid, but when people are dehydrated these agents disappear, introducing decay and erosion. And lets not even talk about the acidic damage to your teeth if you happen to drink too much alcohol and…ahem.
-Marijuana: Marijuana use has surged in popularity throughout college communities. While marijuana won’t have as serious an effects on your teeth as a drug like methamphetamine, it’s still not good for your oral health. Like smoking tobacco, regular marijuana smoking can cause gum disease and other dental health issues.
-Tobacco: This presents the obvious problems, brown or yellow stained teeth, gum disease, even oral cancer.
-Piercings: Popular with young adults but come with a significant set of dental risk factors. Tongue and lip piercings can cause significant harm to oral structures, resulting in tooth fractures, tooth chipping, and abrasions.
Health and wise lifestyle choices support more than just your general health, they effect your oral health as well. Young adults tend to make poor lifestyle choices that can effect their oral health long term. Dr. Lunt loves helping college students and is here to guide you in making proper choices for your oral health.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.
Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.