Keeping your teeth clean is hard enough at home, however, the average office worker spends a minimum of 40+ hrs per week in the office. When we take into account the number of hours it takes to get to work and get back home, that’s a lot of working or en route to working hours. So what happens to your teeth during this time?
We’ve found that work can be a destructive place for teeth and good oral hygiene. There are a number of problems with office work that can all contribute negatively to your teeth health. We’ve compiled a list of the worst possible offenders in the office and provided a few tips for the best ways to combat them effectively.
Here is our List of the Worst Offenders for your Clean Teeth!
Too much coffee:
We know, we know, it’s good, right? It is. We agree. Yet coffee and tea have the potential to stain your teeth in an unflattering way while stocking you with sugar that can cause bacteria buildup and cavities. To deal with this problem, we would recommend that you drink through a straw to avoid stained teeth and rinse with water afterwards to avoid sugar buildup.
Eating at your desk:
When you miss your lunch and have to eat at your desk, this increases your risk for bacteria growth. If you eat at your desk be sure that you take the time to clean and disinfect your area before and after you eat. There are all sorts of bacteria who would love to climb into your lunch bag and make a home inside of your mouth, cozying up to your teeth.
The last problem that we’ve found involve the sugary goodies found in your free office box or found in the vending machines conveniently located on every floor. These sugary foods will and unless you want to rush to the bathroom to brush immediately after eating each one, then we would recommend that you avoid them. Entirely. Try bringing healthy snacks with you to work to much on such as granola or a handful of nuts (almonds and walnuts have great antioxidant properties).
If you can follow these tips in the office, you’ll find yourself at a lower risk of developing cavities, needing filings, and with an overall much-improved oral health situation.