Did you know that the average American spends 2000 hours working each year?
While work environments vary greatly, many of us report to an office job each day. The majority of that time is spent working, but we also need to take care of our health, including our oral health throughout the day. With all of the chaos of a workday in a busy office, you probably don’t worry about how your habits are affecting your smile. Check out these ideas for how you can enhance your oral health while working your office job.
1. Keep a Travel Toothbrush in Your Desk
Toothbrushes are compact by nature, but travel toothbrushes are designed to fold or collapse into a toothbrush of half the size. You may wonder why a travel toothbrush would be superior to a basic toothbrush, and the answer really boils down to convenience. Travel toothbrushes are typically designed with innovative features that make it easy to brush anywhere there’s water. Plus, many travel toothbrushes are simple and affordable.
2. Chew Xylitol Gum
Sugarless gum is known to be good for the teeth, but with the addition of the sweetener known as xylitol, it becomes a cavity fighter on another level. Unlike sugar with plays a role in destroying the enamel of your teeth, xylitol is a sweetener that actually rebuilds their enamel. Luckily, you can get this positive benefit of xylitol just by chewing xylitol gum. If you’re not a fan of chewing gum, you can also find xylitol in everything from crystalized honey to breath mints.
3. Use a Refillable Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is one of the best and easiest things you can do to keep your mouth healthy. While water seems to be available everywhere, people are more likely to drink it consistently if they have a high-quality refillable water bottle that they love to use. Water bottles can be purchased in a massive variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and materials. If you’re thinking that a bottle is just a bottle, check out some of the features you can find in a refillable water bottle:
Common Features of a High-Quality Water Bottle
- Multiple color options
- Easy open lid
- Vacuum sealed to retain temperature
- Durable materials
- Carrying straps or grips
- Lifelong warranties
Drs. Powers and Powers will Give You the Smile You Deserve
If you want to improve your smile, then every little bit of attention helps. Increasing your intake of water or using a travel toothbrush that you keep in your desk are both ways to enhance your oral care routine during your busy day at the office. The combination of excellent oral care at home and attending your biannual dental appointments is a perfect plan for a healthy smile. Contact San Mateo Dental Office if you’re ready to schedule your next appointment.