Have you ever grabbed some popcorn from the break room, bit down and gotten a kernel stuck in your tooth? How about eating a garlic-filled lunch and then been self-conscious about your breath for the rest of the day? As weird as this may seem, it’s okay to have dental hygiene products at your desk at work.
No matter where you are – work, school or home – it’s important to take care of your oral health at all times. Here are some ways you can begin caring for your teeth at work:
1. Have Floss, Toothpaste and a Toothbrush with You
Stick some spare products in your desk drawer or keep travel sizes in your purse/briefcase. Brush your teeth periodically – after meals, or if you haven’t in 4-6 hours. (Be careful not to brush too often, however. That can damage the enamel that keeps your teeth strong.) Some might see it as weird, or call you “OCD,” but in the end who’s the one with healthier teeth? Plus, you never know – you could be the start of a new fad.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
Intentionally drinking water throughout the day will help your teeth in numerous ways. It prevents staining, plaque buildup and cavities from forming. Chewing sugar-free gum can also maintain a somewhat clean mouth.
3. Stay Away from Junkie Foods
You know what I’m talking about…those greasy potato chips or fatty Little Debbie’s taunting you in the break room. The main ingredient in snacks like this is the primary antagonist for your teeth: sugar. An excess amount of sugar or salt can damage your teeth and cause canker sores. (Ouch.) The best option to combat this is to bring your own healthier snacks – and keep some in your desk for when you unexpectedly get hungry.
Being prepared at the office for a dental “emergency” will help you rest at ease as you go about your day. When you have bad breath or get something stuck in your teeth, you have an easy fix right there at your desk. Remember these healthy habits for your teeth – your wallet will thank you for it in the future.
And discover some other ways you can stay healthy at the work place.
What are some ways you maintain good oral health while at work?