October 25, 2018
Good dental habits shouldn’t just be something that you practice every morning and evening when you brush your teeth. Rather, you should make it your custom to do things every day that benefit your smile — even when you’re at work. Here are a few tips from your dentist in Beaumont that will help you maintain a fresh and healthy mouth while you’re on the clock.
Stay Away From the Vending Machines
Those vending machines in the breakroom are full of tasty goodies. Unfortunately, most of those items are terrible for your teeth. Do your best to stay away from soda, energy drinks, cookies, and chips when you need an afternoon pick-me-up.
One way to avoid harmful snacking is to pack your own food for the day. In addition to bringing your lunch, also take along an apple, some fresh veggies and dip, or other snacks that you can turn to when your energy starts to dwindle.
Be Cautious around Celebrations
Your employer or your coworkers may give away free candy, baked treats, and other yummy goodies when your office is celebrating something. It’s all right to enjoy yourself on these occasions, but try not to munch on the offered food all throughout the day. Continual snacking exposes your teeth to acids for long periods of time, increasing your risk of tooth decay.
Keep Hygiene Supplies Handy
If that salad you brought for lunch was full of onions, or if you grabbed some flavorful (and garlicky) takeout, you may find that your breath is less than fresh. To be prepared for such situations, and to remove any food particles that might be clinging to your teeth, keep some oral hygiene supplies at your desk. Some floss, a toothbrush, and a small tube of toothpaste can help you keep a clean and confident grin.
If your mouth is feeling icky and you don’t have a toothbrush handy, try chewing some sugarless gum. It will increase your saliva production, which will help to rinse out your mouth.
Drink Plenty of Water
When you’re absorbed in your work, it might be easy to forget to drink enough water. Or, you might drink so much coffee that you become dehydrated. In either situation, your mouth may become dry, leading to an increased risk of cavities.
Invest in a reusable water bottle, and bring it with you to work each day. Take plenty of sips during your shift so you can stay hydrated and keep your mouth moist.
Your smile is an invaluable asset in your career and your personal life — you should do your best to take care of it! Use the above tips to protect your pearly whites while you’re going through the 9-to-5 grind.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Olson is a skilled general dentist who has over 15 years of experience in his field. If you would like his personalized advice on how to protect your oral health while you’re at work, he would love to share his knowledge with you. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our practice, contact us at 409-860-9600.
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