Q: I brush and floss faithfully every morning and night. What can I do for my teeth during the work day?
A: Along with scheduling regular visits to the dentist, maintaining a good regimen of dental care at home is one of the most important things you can do to protect your oral health. Whether it is work or some other activity that keeps you busy during the day, here are some steps you can take to keep your mouth fresh and healthy during the day:
Don’t snack on foods that cling to your teeth, like candy. Keep a toothbrush and some toothpaste at work, if possible, and brush after lunch. If brushing isn’t feasible, use a paper towel or napkin to wipe your teeth after lunch. Even that wiping will remove some plaque, bacteria, and leftover food particles.
Chew sugarless gum if it is appropriate in your daytime circumstance. Chewing gum stimulates production of saliva, which is a natural mouth cleanser. Drink plenty of water during the day, and particularly after eating. This, too, will help wash away the food particles that cavity-causing bacteria thrive on. If you drink fruit juices or soda during the day, use a straw to minimize your teeth’s contact with the acid in the drinks. Sipping coffee containing sugar or creamer all day long often causes tooth decay. It is much better to drink the coffee with a meal and be done with it.
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