The 5 Smile-Harming Habits in the Office

Did you know that there are many habits performed in the office that are harmful for the smile? Well, it’s true! In fact, there are five major habits that our Smiles Dental team asks you to avoid. Those habits are:

Using your teeth as tools
Do your best to refrain from using your teeth to cut objects apart, like paper, tape, or packaging. Doing so can chip away your tooth enamel and increase the risks of breaking your teeth. Instead, use scissors or other handy tools.

Chewing on pens and pencils
Chewing on pens and pencils can wear down the edges of your teeth and can possibly cause toothaches and fractures, so it’s best to avoid this habit. To relieve your chewing habit, chew on celery or carrot sticks throughout the 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 completely avoid the smoking habit, whether you use cigarettes or e-cigarettes. Smoking can cause lung cancer, oral cancer, tooth loss, gum disease, and cavities.

Leaving your toothbrush at home
The best way to care for your smile is to brush it throughout the day. So, make sure you don’t leave your toothbrush at home. Plaque starts forming on your smile immediately, and the longer you wait to brush, the harder it is to remove the plaque. So, the best thing to do is keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you at work and brush after lunch.

If you need help quitting these habits, Dr. Natanael Repta and our dental team are more than happy to help you! We have the tips you need to have a successful smile in the office—all you need to do is call 541.378.4423. We look forward to talking with you!