5 Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at the Office
Most people don’t stop to think about the importance of oral hygiene throughout the day. Proper oral health care takes a lot more than simply brushing your teeth every day. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, flossing at least once a day and visiting the dentist for a cleaning twice a year. Many adults don’t come close to brushing their teeth for a full two minutes, and many don’t visit their dentist every six month for a dental cleaning.
It may not seem easy to take care of your smile while at the office, especially when you’re working long hours or multi-tasking, but Montee & Montee Dental Co. in Green Hills, Tennessee offers five tips that can help you maintain good oral hygiene throughout your day.
1. Consider your smile
When you think about the number of co-workers and clients you meet throughout the workday, it can be motivation to look after your smile while at the office. We all want a clean and white smile and fresh, minty breath when we encounter others. Though there’s probably never been a business deal killed because of onion breath or a piece of lettuce stuck in between your teeth, the bottom line is it still may not be the impression you want to make.
2. Stock up on supplies
Keep an extra toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss visible at your work station instead of in your purse or briefcase; you’re more likely to be cautious about your oral hygiene. A survey completed by the Academy of General Dentistry found that 71% of people were more likely to brush their teeth at work using this strategy.
3. Choose food beneficial to your oral health
Whether you are at home or at the office, you should eat for optimal oral health. Avoid eating sugary snacks and drinks throughout the work day. When you want a midday snack, a piece of fruit is always a good choice because they help scrub your teeth and won’t leave a sugary residue on your teeth like a bag of candy. Another good snack option is carrots, which increases saliva flow and can help to clear sugar from your mouth.
4. Chew Gum
If you’re unable to brush your teeth after eating lunch at work, chew on a piece of sugarless gum. The gum can actually pull the bacteria and left over food particles from your teeth. Consider buying brands of gum that contain Xylitol, which helps stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth.
Stay hydrated throughout the day by sipping water at your desk instead of sugary drinks such as sodas and juices. If you don’t have time to brush right after eating, swishing water around your mouth for a few minutes will help wash away some of the bacteria and any food particles hiding between your teeth.
If you’re nervous about getting into a routine of maintaining your oral hygiene at the office, you just have to go for it. Would you rather feel embarrassed for brushing your teeth or would you rather have bad breath? Maintaining good oral hygiene isn’t just about brushing and flossing your teeth but having good overall health.
For additional dental tips on how to maintain your oral hygiene, call Montee & Montee Dental Co. in Nashville, Tennessee at (615) 383-4494.