Brushing your teeth or even flossing at your desk can seem awkward and can even be embarrassing at times. Not everyone is lucky like us! We here at Palmetto Dental Associates are surrounded by toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouth wash, or anything we could possibly need oral health-wise. I mean, we work in a dental office! But, that is not for everyone else. So, how can you maintain good oral hygiene while you are at work?
Now, do you brush your teeth after lunch? If you answered no, then chances are that you are one of the millions who don’t have the time, resources, or ability to do that. But just because you cannot brush doesn’t mean there aren’t other oral hygiene options. If you are someone who works in an office and has access to a bathroom or a sink, it is always best to brush after you eat. If you are able to, there are many travel toothbrushes that are small and come with a cover and toothpaste that you can keep in your desk. If this is viable, you should do it to maintain good oral hygiene. If not, don’t fret.
One thing you can do (if you can’t brush) is to take a sip of water and swish it all throughout your mouth and then spit. It might sound odd, but doing this helps remove the extra particles of food that can stick in or on your teeth. Another way that water is useful to help with your oral hygiene is to drink water throughout the day instead of drinking sugary or acidic juices and/or soda. Another thing, is that drinks like coffee or tea can also stain your teeth. Especially if you drink or sip these throughout the day. Stick to water. It will help keep you hydrated, keep your pearly whites white, and help your overall oral health.
Another thing you can do to maintain good oral hygiene is to watch your diet or the foods you eat. Like we said before, you should skip the sugary drinks but you should also skip the sugary snacks as well. Or at the very least, limit them. If you want a snack, opt for some fruit, veggies, or cheese. Carrots are great because they help increase saliva and can clear sugar from your mouth. As for the food you eat, some foods can make you have bad breath. Stay away from onions, garlic, tuna, or horseradish. Stick to foods like veggies and fruits that are high in vitamin C, like red bell peppers, broccoli, and oranges. Or, try yogurt! Eating sugar-free yogurt creates good bacteria and can help lower the levels of odor-causing sulfide compounds which cause bad breath.
If all else fails, you can always chew some sugar-free gum or mints and that will help combat the bad breath. If you do have an option, again, it is always best to brush and floss. If it has been a while since your last cleaning, we’d love to see you to help you maintain good oral hygiene. Schedule your appointment at Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, SC today!