If you want a strong, beautiful, and healthy smile, it’s best to take care of it every chance you get, even at work. However, there are some work habits that can slowly but surely destroy your smile, and those habits are:
Using your teeth as tools
Please do your best to refrain from using your teeth to open and cut things, like paper, tape, and packages. Using your teeth as tools can chip the enamel away and can also result in a tooth fracture. So, instead of using your teeth, use the handy office tools, like scissors and box cutters.
Chewing on pens and pencils
Chewing on pens and pencils is a common habit that can quietly destroy the smile. It can wear down the edges of your teeth and cause tooth fractures and toothaches. So, to satisfy your chewing habit, try chewing on celery and carrot sticks throughout the day.
Sipping on your cup of Joe all day
If you constantly sip on your cup of Joe, you can suffer from dry mouth and bad breath. It can also lead to cavities and tooth discoloration. So, the best thing to do is avoid drinking the sugary drinks that can stain and harm your chompers. If you absolutely have to have your fix of coffee, try to skip the sugar and drink a glass of water after you finish your beverage.
Taking a smoke break
Tobacco products can completely destroy your smile and your overall health, so it’s best to avoid this habit altogether. Smoking can cause lung cancer, oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. If you need help quitting this habit, your dentist will be happy to give you the tips and help you need.
Leaving your toothbrush at home
It’s best to clean your smile throughout the day, especially after eating lunch and snacks. So, make sure you keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your office drawer. That way, the plaque won’t build up on your chompers and you won’t have to wait till you get home to clean your smile.
So, if you want a successful smile and oral health, our Smiles Dental team recommends avoiding these habits as much as possible. If you need quitting advice, please remember that you can always talk to Dr. Melody Pongmanopap if you call 360.464.9797 and schedule an appointment. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!