Your workday is full of a mountain of tasks and responsibilities, so your oral care can easily get pushed to the “back burner.” Your dentist in Coeur d’ Alene reminds you, though, that it’s important to have a strategy in place to address your oral hygiene and overall dental wellness even while at work. As you read on, you’ll discover some helpful strategies for fortifying your oral health.
Keep the Necessities Handy
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush and floss your teeth at least two times a day. Chances are, you spend a good portion of your day at work, so it’s important to keep the following oral hygiene products with you:
- Floss – Dental floss allows you to get into the hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth to extract harmful bacteria and food particles that contribute to cavities, gum disease and other serious problems.
- Toothpaste – Your toothpaste will come in handy for cleaning your teeth after eating a meal while at work. Be sure to purchase a brand that has the ADA seal on it to ensure that it’s up to par.
- Toothbrush – It’s important to keep your toothbrush stored in a dry, clean place that allows you to easily access it. A two-minute cleaning session does wonders for your oral hygiene and health after eating a meal.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is vital to the proper function of all your bodily functions, and it also helps to rid your mouth of stains and bacteria. Make it a habit to drink at least an eight-ounce glass immediately following a meal to aid in washing away any lingering particles.
Run from the Snacks
A very common occurrence in a workplace environment is the consumption of snack foods. Your dentist warns, though, that this can be a harmful habit to participate in. Many snack foods are laden with processed sugars and other unhealthy ingredients. Thus, it’s better to replace them with healthier alternatives.
For example, fruits can satisfy a sweet craving while such vegetables as carrots and baked kale can provide the crunch of potato chips. These items will be a lot friendlier to your mouth, teeth and gums.
Manage Your Stress
A final way to protect your oral health while working is to manage your stress levels. This is important because a common response to anxiety and adrenaline-driven situations is to clinch the teeth, which can contribute to premature wear.
A way to respond is to take deep breaths so you can mentally reset. This will also have positive effects on your overall health, as it helps to regulate your blood pressure and stress-hormone production.
By keeping the above information in mind and acting on what you’ve learned, you’ll be proactively managing your oral health and will see positive results. To learn more about how you can experience the absolute best in dental wellness, reach out to your dentist to schedule a visit today.
About the Author
Dr. Filip E. Orban earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He has since remained dedicated to staying abreast of the latest changes in the field of dentistry by maintaining membership in several professional organizations, including the ADA and the Idaho State Dental Association. Dr. Orban practices at Orban Family Dental, and he be can be reached for more information through his website.