In a fast-paced business world, people often do not have time to stop for lunch, let alone take care of their teeth, but dental professionals say it is well worth carving out some minutes for your mouth during the busy day--every day.
"Consistently neglecting your teeth and gums during long days in the office can be very costly both from a health and financial standpoint," says Nammy Patel, author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living. "Many people don't realize there are lots of ways to take care of your teeth during work hours, no matter how busy you are."
Patel shares the following dental health tips:
Keep water close. 'Water neutralizes the acid in your mouth in addition to keeping you hydrated. Too much acidity leads to enamel erosion, decay, cavities, and gum disease' Drink eight eight-ounce glasses per day, keeping a water bottle or glass on your desk as a reminder.
Store oral essentials at your desk. This means keeping a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss handy in a drawer. "After any meal or snack, our teeth and gums require attention to remove bacteria, and keeping these dental tools on hand will ensure you're readily equipped. Too many people go an entire workday without any oral care."
Snack on naturally cleansing foods. Eating on the run at work can lead to sugary snacks that compromise oral health. Pack healthy items, such as apples, carrots, celery, and...