Woman smiling at work.Have you ever gone out to lunch during work and had a piece of food stuck in your teeth that bothered you for the rest of the day? Unfortunately, this is a common problem that can be distracting and uncomfortable. Whether it’s a popcorn kernel stuck in your teeth or even just bad breath, being prepared to care for your teeth at work can save you from a potentially uncomfortable meeting or embarrassing encounter. Read on to learn some tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene during work from your dentist in Scarborough.

Keep Your Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Floss Nearby

Although it may sound strange, keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in your purse or in your desk drawer at work. You can brush your teeth periodically after meals during work and if you get something caught in your teeth, you’ll have floss to clean it out.

Just be sure not to brush your teeth too often. Overbrushing is a real thing that can hurt your gums and teeth but brushing after each meal will keep your smile looking and feeling great.

If you don’t like using floss, or are self-conscious to floss at work, you can use pre-strung floss picks for an easy-to-use, more discreet solution.

Drink Water Throughout the Day

Water should now be your new favorite drink. Not only is water healthy for your body, but it prevents staining, plaque buildup, and cavities. Water naturally rinses out bacteria from your mouth and keeps it hydrated and healthy.

Dark and sugary drinks like soda and coffee can not only stain your teeth, but the sugars and acids will also eat away at your enamel. Most water contains fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the chance of decay.

Watch Out for Junk Food

Whether your office offers candy bars and chips in the vending machines or there’s your favorite fast food spots nearby, junk food should be avoided because it contains sugars and fats that can damage your teeth. Heavy sugars and salts can also cause canker sores—small sores inside the mouth or at the base of the gums that can be irritating.

The best way to avoid junk food is to bring your own healthy snacks to work. Instead of popcorn, candy, and chips, you can try snacks like fresh fruits, raw veggies, low-fat yogurt, cheese, and milk to strengthen your enamel. That way when you’re hungry, you can munch on something that’s good for your body and teeth!

About the Practice

Dr. Samantha Amaro and Dr. Arti Patel are a team of skilled dentists ready to provide the care you need. They understand that oral healthcare is something that’s done around the clock, so they offer helpful advice on how to care for your teeth in your daily life. They currently practice at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, where they can be contacted through their website or by phone at +1 (416) 285-4545 for any questions.