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In a fast-paced business world, people often don’t have time to stop for lunch, let alone take care of their teeth. But it’d be well worth carving out some minutes for your oral health during the busy day — every day.
Consistently neglecting your teeth and gums during long days in the office can be very costly both from a health and a financial standpoint. Here, we share 5 on-the-go dental health tips.
1. Keep water close.
Water neutralizes the acid in your mouth in addition to keeping you hydrated. Too much acidity leads to enamel erosion, decay, cavities and gum disease. We recommend drinking eight eight-ounce glasses per day, keeping a water bottle or water glass on your desk as a reminder.
2. Store oral essentials at your desk.
This means keeping a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss handy in a drawer. After any meal or snack, our teeth and gums require attention to remove bacteria, and keeping these dental tools on hand will ensure you’re readily equipped. Too many people go an entire work day without any attention for oral care.
3. Snack on naturally cleansing foods.
Eating on the run at work can lead to sugary snacks that compromise oral health. We recommend packing healthy items such as apples, carrots, celery and almonds. Not only are these foods full of great vitamins and minerals for your teeth and body, they also naturally cleanse your teeth. Crunchy snacks like these will help scrape away food or plaque stuck on your teeth.
4. Sip beverages thoughtfully.
It’s not just what we drink at work that affects our teeth, but how we drink certain beverages. Keeping straws in your desk would be much helpful.
Whenever you opt for any beverage with sugar, use a straw to help limit the chance of tooth decay and staining. Place the straw toward the back of your mouth to keep the liquid from coming into contact with your teeth.
5. Relax your face.
The stress of a busy day causes tension in your head, neck and jaw. Consistent tension in the jaw can lead to Temporomandibular Joint syndrome (TMJ).
Take time at your desk to relax your jaw and face muscles. Use your fingertips to gently massage your jaw, open and close your mouth a few times, and stretch your tongue forward to the top front teeth, and then up to the roof of your mouth.
Taking moments here and there for self-oral care throughout your busy day can make a big difference. It just means a little more planning, and taken individually they are small things that can prevent major problems.
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.
Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!