Most people adhere to the recommended routine of brushing their teeth at least twice a day. Those two times a day for most people are in the morning and right before bed. While both of these times are important (especially before going to sleep), many people do not brush during the day. Whether it is how busy the work day can get or just the inconvenience of it, it is not common in Olathe, Kansas or elsewhere in America for someone to brush their teeth somewhere other than home. So, is it important? Can brushing your teeth at the office, at school, or at your place of business be beneficial to your smile’s health?
Donuts, Coffee, Lunch, Oh My!
Throughout the day, your smile can be exposed to a lot of foods and drinks filled with sugars and carbohydrates. If you work in an office, you might find yourself refilling your coffee or stopping by to grab a morning donut for midday snack. Leaving food in your smile can increase your odds of bacterial plaque buildup on the surfaces of your teeth and along your gumline. Brushing your teeth in the middle of the day can give that bacteria even less time to latch onto your teeth and gums.
When to Do It?
Brushing your teeth immediately after a meal or drink can keep your smile clean, but it can also be erosive to your enamel. If you had anything acidic, such as a grapefruit or a glass of soda, those acids can leave your enamel susceptible to erosion. It is best to follow a meal or drink with a some water or sugarless gum. This will help to rinse your smile. Brushing your teeth for two minutes about a half-hour after lunch can help keep your smile bright and healthy. It will also make it less likely that you attend a meeting with spinach in your teeth!
Do You Brush Your Teeth at Work?
Cleaning your smile throughout the day can reduce bacterial buildup. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.