Should You Brush Your Teeth at Work?

Should You Brush Your Teeth at Work?

by Yenny (SU)

While dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, brushing more often is even better for your oral health.

If you are wondering whether you should brush your teeth at work, the answer is a resounding yes. Let’s look at some of the benefits of getting into this healthy routine.

Why Should I Consider Brushing At Work?

Dentists generally recommend brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash at least twice a day. Most people have developed a daily system where they take care of their dental hygiene when they wake up and right before going to bed. 

If you do this, you are definitely following dentists’ recommended practices – and you’re greatly reducing your chances of developing dental problems.

However, it’s a great idea to add brushing at work to your routine. Most people spend eight or more hours a day at work – and during this time period, they are likely to eat and drink multiple times during the day.

The purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove food particles and plaque so they don’t cause tooth decay and gum disease. The longer the food sits in your teeth, the more likely you are to develop these conditions.

Why Should I Brush More than Twice a Day?

While brushing your teeth twice a day is certainly admirable, many hours pass by between brushing in the morning and again in the evening. This is why brushing your teeth at work – in midday – can be a great contributor to excellent oral health.

If you eat snacks, drink coffee, and eat lunch at work, there are a lot of food particles left behind on your teeth during the day. Brushing after you eat will immediately remove many of those harmful food particles from your teeth, leaving your mouth fresh and clean.

Caffeine and other ingredients in coffee, sodas, and citrus fruits are harmful to your teeth, because they cause tooth decay and can stain your teeth. Snacks and foods like nuts, popcorn, candies, and peanut butter get easily lodged between teeth and can be difficult to remove over time.

If you brush your teeth immediately following drinking or eating meals and snacks, it will make your teeth less susceptible to harmful health conditions.

Incidentally, it may be best to brush after lunchtime and snacks just with water. The dental industry is still debating whether exposing your teeth to the abrasive chemicals in most types of toothpaste more than twice a day is beneficial or detrimental to the enamel. Talk to your dentist about what would work best for you. 

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The best way to get tips and personalized advice on how to take care of your teeth is to visit the dentist regularly. Be sure to see your dentist for routine cleanings and checkups to keep your teeth, gums, and overall oral health in top shape.

If you are looking for a seasoned dental team to take care of your teeth, consider the excellent credentials of 360 Dental. Whether you need routine dental care, implants, or cosmetic dentistry, 360 Dental has the experience you’re looking for.

Call us today at (541) 689-1645 to make an appointment with Dr. Binder, or fill out our online appointment request form now. We look forward to helping you and your whole family take care of those smiles!