You brush in the morning and before bed, but what about after lunch?
Almost everyone eats during the workday, but few people think to brush their teeth during working hours. And since most people spend a third of each weekday working, these lapses in oral care can really add up.
What’s more, the pandemic is taking its toll on those working remotely when it comes to sticking to a daily dental hygiene routine, according to a recent survey commissioned by the American Association of Endodontists. Among those working from home:
Whether you’re working remotely or commuting to the office, brushing after meals and snacks should still be an important part of your oral health care routine.
Here are some tips for maintaining oral health during the workday:
As the hustle and bustle of the working day kicks in, you may forget all about that sweet breakfast cereal or mid-morning Danish, but sugar is “zooming” right into place regardless. Even if you’re absorbed with work projects and meetings, the sweets you eat can still cause tooth decay and lead to cavities.
Do your teeth a favor and replace sugary sweets with healthier options like nuts, fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese and yogurt. If you want to reward yourself with something sweet (we know you’re crushing it at work!), try dark chocolate. It has less sugar than other snacks and doesn’t stick to the teeth like other sugary candies.
That luscious caramel latte may help pick you up as each day begins, but the sugar can encourage decay. Regularly sipping on sugary drinks or acidic juices can add up to damage to your teeth.
For an alternative morning pick-me-up, try green tea, which has been shown to improve oral health. And next time thirst is getting you down at work, reach for a nice cold glass of water.
Last updated December 21, 2021
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