5 work habits that can wreck your teeth

5 work habits that can wreck your teeth

These workplace no-nos can really take a toll on your oral health.

1. Using your teeth as tools

Don't tear off a piece of tape with your teeth, rip open packaging with your inciscors or hold pins in your mouth.

Why not? You'll chip away at your enamel and risk breaking your teeth.

Instead, use scissors or other tools.

2. Chewing on pens and pencils

Don't tear off a piece of tape with your teeth, rip open packaging with your inciscors or hold pins in your mouth.

Why not? You’ll wear down the edges of your teeth, potentially causing a toothache and fractures.

Instead, snack on celery or carrot sticks until you lose the habit.

3. Your daily cuppa joe

Don't nurse your latte throughout the day.

Why not? You'll dry out your mouth, leading to bad breath and cavities. Plus, you’ll stain your teeth over time.

Instead, choose green tea for a caffeine boost. If you can’t go without coffee, skip the sugar and follow it with a glass of water.

4. Taking a smoke break

Don't smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

Why not? Besides causing lung cancer, smoking also multiplies your risk of oral cancer, tooth loss, gum disease and even cavities. Even e-cigarettes, which still contain nicotine, can harm gum health.

Instead, ask your doctor for help quitting.

5. Leaving your toothbrush at home

Don't wait till you get home to brush and floss.

Why not? Plaque starts forming on your teeth immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it is to remove.

Instead, keep a toothbrush, some toothpaste and a container of floss in your desk or bag to use after lunch.

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Last updated August 2016

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.

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