The Harmful Work Habits That Can Alter Your Oral Health

Posted February 22, 2016

Did you know that there are habits you do at work that can severely alter your health and the condition of your smile? Well, it’s true! Some of these habits can be subconscious and unnoticeable while others can be controlling and addicting. Either way, our Smile Center Silicon Valley team recommends doing everything you can to avoid participating in these habits. Some common office habits include:

Using your teeth as tools
If you tend to use your teeth to open and cut things, like paper, tape, and packages, it’s time to stop. Using your teeth as tools can chip away the outer layer of your teeth and it can fracture your chompers. Instead of using your teeth to do the job, use the handy office tools available.

Chewing on pens and pencils
Chewing on pens and pencils can wear the edges of your teeth down and it can cause toothaches and tooth fractures. We understand that this habit is common. So, to help you satisfy your chewing desire, we recommend chewing on celery or carrot sticks during your work day.

Sipping on your cup of Joe all day
No matter what your cup of Joe is, whether it’s a coffee, latte or soda, don’t sip on it throughout the day. Doing so can dry out the mouth and lead to bad breath and cavities. It can also stain your teeth as time passes. Instead, choose to drink green tea for a caffeine boost. If you can’t go without coffee, try not to add sugar and do your best to drink water after you finish the coffee.

Taking a smoke break
It’s best to avoid smoking altogether. Smoking can cause lung cancer, oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. If you need help quitting the habit, please feel free to talk to your dentist.

Leaving your toothbrush at home
It’s best to clean your smile throughout the day, especially after eating lunch and snacks. So, make sure you keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your office drawer. That way, the plaque won’t build up on your chompers and you won’t have to wait till you get home to clean your smile.

If you would like to know more or if you would like advice on how to quit these habits, please remember that you can always call our office at 408-245-7500 and talk to our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Vellequette at your earliest convenience so you can meet with him and get started on the quitting process right away. We look forward to helping you care for your smile!

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