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

Sources

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

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.