The 5 Work Habits to Avoid to Maintain a Healthy Smile

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While you are at work, try to avoid the annoying, smile-harming habits that tempt you throughout the day. These habits can destroy your oral health as well as your overall health if you let them, which is why our Modern Dentistry of New England team strongly recommends avoiding these habits at all costs. Some of those habits include:

Using your teeth as tools
Try not to use your teeth to cut objects open or apart, like paper, tape, and packages. Using your teeth as tools can chip away your tooth enamel and increase your chances of breaking your chompers. Instead, use helpful office supplies to do the job, 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
Whether your cup of Joe is coffee, a latte, or soda, it’s best to keep from sipping on it all day. Sipping on your beverage can cause bad breath, dry mouth, tooth decay, and tooth discoloration. The best drink to consume is green tea, and it can even give you a caffeine boost! If you absolutely have to have your coffee, do your best to skip the sugar and drink a glass of water after you finish the beverage.

Taking a smoke break
We strongly recommend that you avoid smoking altogether. Smoking can cause lung cancer, oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth loss, and the only way to avoid these consequences is to kick the habit. If you need help doing so, please feel free to ask your dentist for assistance.

Leaving your toothbrush at home
The best way to care for your smile is to brush it throughout the day. So, make sure you don’t leave your toothbrush at home. Plaque starts forming on your smile immediately, and the longer you wait to brush, the harder it is to remove the plaque. So, the best thing to do is keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you at work and brush after lunch.

Please do your best to refrain from participating in these habits. However, we do understand that some of them may be difficult to quit. If that’s the case for you, we encourage you to call 860-582-4485 and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. Dr. Sherif Gabr will be happy to help you kick the habit and save your smile!