Taking Care of Your Teeth at Work

by: Roy Smith, D.D.S.

We spend on average a third of our lives at work; so needless to say, we eat often while at work. And this means most likely, we eat without brushing our teeth afterwards. But as we all know, food sitting on teeth and in between teeth leads to decay and cavities. So here are a few ideas to help prevent against the less than enjoyable task of getting cavities filled.

  1. Bring your toothbrush to work. It may feel dorky to be that person in the employee bathroom standing over the sink with a toothbrush, but it’s not. Brushing your teeth at work does not make you the office geek; it makes you the office star with the brightest teeth and healthiest mouth.
  1. Chew Gum. Somewhat counterintuitive, chewing gum can actually be good for your teeth. As long as its sugar free, chewing gum stimulates saliva production and neutralizes acids in the mouth that can cause tooth decay and cavities. So after that soup and sandwich, enjoy chewing your favorite flavor, freshen your breath and protect your teeth!
  1. Mouthwash. If you really don’t want to brush at the office but are willing to do a bit more than chewing gum, try mouthwash. Rinsing for even 20-30 seconds will make a difference, and it can be less conspicuous than the full on tooth brushing. Plus it’ll help rid you of that garlic breath you’ve got from eating pesto with garlic bread for lunch!


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