Add a Toothbrush to Your Power Lunch

Are your teeth feeling a little grimy after lunch? Can’t stand that colleague with the skunk-like breath every afternoon? Blame it on the tooth brushing that’s not happening between the A.M. coffee buzz and the evening commute. Americans spend a third or more of every weekday at work, but many neglect to bring — or don’t bother using — a toothbrush for their pearly whites while in the office or on-the-go.

Meals, snacks and sugary beverages during the day contribute to a lot of plaque and can increase the chance of tooth decay and gum disease; brushing during the workday is one way to help you reduce the harmful bacterial. According to survey results released by the Academy of General Dentistry and Oral-B Laboratories1:  

  • More than three-quarters of respondents are eating twice or more a day at the workplace, but only 14% brush every day at work
  • Keeping an extra toothbrush at the office increases your likelihood of brushing at work by 65% 

Use these quick tips to make brushing at work as much of a habit as checking your email (or your Facebook account):

  • Set an automated reminder on your calendar to remind you when it’s time to brush 
  • Brush your teeth right after that power lunch, before becoming absorbed in the remainder of your busy day
  • Recruit a buddy or two to take part in your daily ritual of brushing after lunch
  • Keep a toothbrush close at hand, in your desk or another place where it will stay clean


1Academy of General Dentistry,  (2012). Americans Need to “Brush Up” at the Office. Retrieved from: 

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