One of the first things people will notice about you is your smile. We are here to help you achieve the best first impression you can give to others. Healthy teeth affect nearly every aspect of our lives, even our professional image. However, many people are neglecting to take care of their smile during the workday.
The people you work with every day are very likely to notice your smile as one of the first impressions they have of you, and having bad breath can be bad for business! Did you know that most office workers are eating twice or more a day at the workplace, while just a few are brushing or flossing every day at work?
All of the extra meals, snacks and sugary beverages on the job can cause an increase bacteria and plaque. This can increase the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque and food build up needs to be removed periodically throughout the day, especially at times when we are consuming more food and beverages, like when we are at work. If plaque is not removed efficiently or periodically enough then it can build up and harden into tartar leading to gum irritation, gum disease, tooth detachment and ultimately, tooth loss.
Regular dental hygiene visits can help keep you on track. Visiting your hygienist every 3, 4 or 6 months as needed keeps your smile and teeth strong and healthy, catching things early. Another way to stay ahead of the plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth at work is by keeping an extra toothbrush, mouthwash and floss at the office. Keeping them in a handy easy to get to location will help make it easier to remember to brush and floss during the work day. And just think you may inspire one of your coworkers to do the same!
-Teresa & Eileen
Members of the Leicester Dental Hygiene team
Did you know that this month is National Dental Hygiene Month? As hygienists, we encourage you to pursue your best possible oral health. Promoting good oral health and maintenance is what we’re all about. Poor oral health can lead to pain, difficulty eating, and loss of self-esteem. An unhealthy mouth can contribute to many systemic diseases. As former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said in 1993, “You are not healthy without good oral health”.
Here’s some great news: it’s not rocket science! The most common oral diseases, decay and gum disease, are driven by bacterial plaque. Regular, thorough plaque removal minimizes your risk of oral disease. There are four important things you should be doing on a daily basis to avoid decay, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (gum disease).
- Brush your teeth twice a day, each time for two minutes. Thirty seconds is not enough to remove plaque build-up.
- Floss every day! Your toothbrush bristles are too large to reach plaque and food debris in between your teeth.
- Rinse with an ADA approved antibacterial mouthwash.
- Chew sugarless gum after meals. Why? The chewing actions helps increase the flow of saliva which reduces plaque acid, thus strengthening the teeth and reducing tooth decay. DON’T chew gum if you suffer from TMJ or any type of jaw pain!!
We love this quote and wanted to share it with you: “ A well-made turtleneck sweater will keep you warm and cozy and protected from the cold. Your gums do the same thing for your teeth”. Think you don’t have time? Think again! With practice, flossing takes about one minute. Rinsing takes 30 seconds. The cost is minimal. The savings of both time and money can be substantial! If you have any questions about self-care routines, ask us at your next hygiene visit. We are happy to provide answers and instruction. We love talking to you about this stuff!
-Andrea & Rod
Boylston Dental Hygiene Team