Brushing Your Teeth at Work | Clean Teeth at the Office
The 9 to 5 Dental Grind
You just finish lunch or that second cup of coffee, and you have to head into a meeting.
Thankfully, you have about five minutes of spare time before it starts. So what do you do?
You brush your teeth, of course!
While some of your co-workers might find it a bit strange, at the same time a survey conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry and Oral-B Laboratories found that one of the least attractive traits of co-workers is bad breath.
So which is it -- should you brush at work and risk being the office weirdo, or avoid a midday brushing and endure your bad breath?
Article Table of Contents:
- Benefits of Consistently Brushing Your Teeth
Most Americans brush in the morning and evening, but not after lunch.
While this is the norm, does that mean it is the best choice?
Consider the following items often snacked on during a workday:
- Sugary beverages
It seems like brushing your teeth midday might not be a bad idea.
In fact, it would eliminate some lingering plaque that will just rest on your teeth until nighttime -- plaque that can increase your chance of tooth decay and gum disease.
Perhaps what is preventing employees from brushing at work is the stigma around being the one brushing in the work bathroom, attracting stares from your co-workers.
Thankfully, we have some benefits and tips that will help you justify and love brushing your teeth at work.
Let's dive into it!
According to research, our energy levels hit a low around 2:15 pm, which is why around 2 pm most people reach for their second cup of coffee.
Instead of reaching for that cup (or taking a midday smoke break), brushing not only is refreshing, but it helps give a little bit of an energy boost.
Plus it gets rid of any lingering bacteria from your morning coffee and lunch.
For the sake of your co-workers, this is always a good idea.
Plus if your job involves meeting clients, the fresh breath will boost your confidence (and it won't turn people off).
According to Forbes, some companies require employees to brush before meeting clients. Who can blame them?
A word of advice: To kill bad breath, brushing might not cut it. You'll need a mouthwash labeled 'antiseptic' or 'antibacterial' as well to kill the bacteria in your mouth causing the bad breath.
Lots of offices have bowls of candy or easily accessible sugary snacks which people tend to seek out during the mid-afternoon lull.
This can do serious harm to your teeth, depending on what kind of treats are around. If you don't have self-control, brushing your teeth might be the best way to avoid snacking.
People who claim to brush their teeth two times a day still had evidence of plaque.
This is probably because they weren't following the two-minute rule. Take your time and make sure that you accurately reach every tooth.
You don't need to brush aggressively, just make sure you are brushing effectively.
Let's make a checklist of everything you'll need to be a successful office teeth brusher!
- Toothbrush with a travel case
- Antiseptic/Antibacterial mouthwash
- Mug (to transport these items and keep them sterile)
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