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Smile! Back to School with Healthy Teeth

The first day of school brings so many emotions for everyone involved. The children going to primary school are thrilled to see their friends. The teenagers going to high school are nervous about everything. The parents are happy to have the kids back in a routine. And the young-adult off to college is happy to be away from home.

Covid-19 is here, and we’re all adjusting and finding a new normal. However you’re going back to school this year, healthy teeth still play an integral role in delivering confidence for that first day. Let’s dive in to see how.

Fresh breath

By now, we all realize a mask has put our bad breath on notice; first-period desk mates rejoice. And people are responding by brushing their teeth more. There are plenty of causes for bad breath to watch out for:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Garlic, onion, and dairy products

  • Dry mouth

  • Sinus infections

  • Braces with hard to reach spaces to clean

And while brushing your teeth carries positive hygiene impacts, the fresh breath you also receive allows you to think about the task at hand more clearly. Whether that’s talking to a potential new best friend, or learning about 18th century literature, fresh breath will keep you focused and not distracted.

Mouth appearance

Social awareness, depending on where you are in the school system, ranges from zero concern wearing your favorite cartoon t-shirt, to spending an hour-minimum getting ready for the day. Neither is wrong, but appearance can trigger a lot of emotions. Some kids cannot keep up with dental hygiene resulting in a negative body image. This leads to self-esteem issues, anxiety and depression. Avoid this with healthy teeth: work to develop a routine of self-dental care and keep up with regular dentist checkups.

Stay positive

Let’s be honest—it’s hard to be happy if your tooth hurts. And if your tooth hurts, you’re probably not paying attention when the teacher calls on you to spell D-R-A-G-O-N. For the first day of school, you want to be on your best behavior and not have to worry about your teeth. The domino effect of having healthy teeth provides positivity for your mind-set and for your overall health.

Dental insurance for you

Depending on your situation, there’s a dental plan for you. Maybe you’re wondering how much dental care will cost, or which plan is right for you and your family. The Direct Benefits Marketplace simplifies the process by allowing you to compare various plans that are available in your area. Our customer happiness team is also here to answer any questions you have.

So have a great first day of school, and make sure your teeth aren’t holding you back!