6 Tips for Good Dental Hygiene at Work
When you are at work, you probably have lots on your mind. You have meetings with clients, presentations, various deadlines, and not to mention that your boss wants to talk to you later in the day. It leaves you very little time to even eat a healthy lunch, let alone take care of your teeth while you’re there.
But if you want to practice good dental hygiene while at work, it’s completely possible. Here are six tips that will help!
- Keep a water bottle at your desk.
It can be tempting to spend the day sipping on coffee or soda while at work, especially if you need a caffeine pick-me-up. But coffee and soda can be hard on your teeth. Water is a much better beverage when it comes to your overall health and your oral hygiene. Water can help rinse away food particles and bacteria, and it doesn’t contain sugar or acids that could harm your teeth.
- Choose healthy snacks when you’re hungry.
The breakroom may be filled with delicious donuts or leftover birthday cake, but if you can choose healthy snacks when you’re hungry, you’ll be doing your waistline and your mouth a favor. Fruits and vegetables with a crunchy texture (apples, carrots, and celery for example) will help you produce saliva and wash away plaque and bacteria.
- Chew on gum containing xylitol.
Yes, there is actually a gum that can help your oral hygiene. Choose a gum containing xylitol, an all-natural sweetener, that has been proven to improve your dental health. Xylitol has been shown to neutralize the pH levels in your mouth and keep bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Plus, a good chewing gum with xylitol can help improve your breath.
- Put some floss in your desk.
If you ever had a popcorn kernel stuck in your tooth at work, you know how annoying it can be. Keep some floss in your desk, and you can prevent this annoyance from happening. And, don’t be afraid to give your teeth a quick floss after lunch, after all, 1/3 of your tooth lies below your gums, and without flossing, you’re putting yourself at risk for cavities and gum disease.
- Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste.
It may not always be convenient to go and quickly brush your teeth, but if you have the chance - go for it! Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you so that you can brush your teeth when you feel the need.
- Rinse with mouthwash.
Another thing you can hide in your desk is a bottle of mouthwash. Mouthwash can help rinse away food, bacteria, and plaque. Perfect Smile makes a mouthwash that’s also designed to help fight gum disease. It’s alcohol-free, sweetened with xylitol and designed to keep your mouth fresh and healthy.
Don’t let work keep you from keeping your mouth healthy. Follow these six tips to make taking care of your teeth at work easy!