We all have habits that are less than ideal for our health. Our little quirks and nervous actions become beyond our consciousness and something we end up doing every day without even thinking. But while you’re at work, you can’t just let your health go out the window. All of the bad habits and oral fixations you have at the office will lead to issues you have to deal with at home and in the dentist’s chair. Here are six common work habits that can damage your teeth and ruin your smile.
Turning Your Teeth into Tools
We all do it; using our teeth to tear tape, rip open packaging, hold things in our mouth, and more. It seems easier to use what you immediately have rather than finding scissors or a knife. And who has the time to look for multiple tools when you’re at work? You need to get stuff done! However, taking a few minutes to grab the scissors will save you time and money down the road when you don’t need as many dental visits to repair your chipped teeth.
Chewing on Pens and Pencils
Sitting at your computer or in a meeting and chewing on pens or pencils as a way to cope with a tight deadline, unpleasant email, or other stressors is not going to help your health. Not only can chewing on hard objects chip away at your teeth and make them weak, but the grinding can also wear out your jaw and give you headaches. Chronic migraines are definitely not going to help you out at the office and help you achieve your work goals.
Coffee All Day, Every Day
Gulping down coffee all day long at work will definitely contribute to staining on your teeth and the constant hot temperatures may wear down your enamel. And if you are also doing any of these other bad habits and your enamel is worn down, then drinking hot coffee will cause you to develop sensitivities to hot and cold, resulting in discomfort. A better option is drinking green tea and keeping a water bottle filled on your desk.
Break Room Donuts
In almost every office there is the employee who brings in donuts and other baked goods every week. We all want to celebrate Friday but eating all those sweets on a regular basis will do nothing to help your oral health. Sugar weakens teeth and causes cavities which further damages teeth and leads to expensive treatments down the road.
The Smoke Break
Besides increasing your risk of lung cancer and other diseases, smoking also contributes to your risk of developing oral cancer, tooth loss, gum disease, and cavities. Talk to your doctor about ways to quit smoking and find healthy ways to replace your oral fixation habit, such as chewing sugar-free gum.
Leaving the Toothbrush at Home
Plaque starts to form very quickly on your teeth after eating, drinking, and just being awake. Bacteria is always present as well and it is smart to bring your toothbrush to work with you to brush and floss after lunch. You spend a good deal of time at work and you shouldn’t treat personal hygiene as something that stays at home.
Replacing bad habits with healthy ones will not only help your teeth and prevent damage, but it will also help you be healthier, feel better, and become more productive which will translate into your career and the rest of your life.