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Are Your Workplace Habits Ruining Your Teeth?

We all have some workplace habits that make our jobs more manageable and help us to get through the day with our sanity. However, some of these activities may actually be harming your teeth. Review these workplace activities, and if you find that you are guilty of committing them, consider making some changes in order to protect your oral health.

Chewing on Pens

Do you find yourself chewing on your pen when you are deep in thought? Besides the fact that this is quite unhygienic, when you chew on pens or pencils, you could actually wear down the edges of your teeth. The end result could be a broken tooth or tooth pain.

Nursing a Cup of Coffee All Day

Are you constantly making trips back and forth to the coffee machine throughout the day? Nursing that coffee will stain your teeth over time, and you’ll also dry out your mouth, which can result in cavities and bad breath. If you can’t skip the coffee, make sure that you avoid loading it up with sugar, and always follow it up with a glass of water.

Using Your Teeth Like Tools

Remember that your teeth aren’t office supplies, so don’t use them to hold paperclips or to rip open a package. You’ll run the risk of breaking your teeth or damaging the enamel. Instead, use the actual office supplies provided by your employer, even if it takes a little extra time.

Taking a Group Smoke Break

We all love the opportunity to get out of the office and into the fresh air for a few minutes during a long work day, but smoking doesn’t have to be a part of the equation. Smoking will increase your risk of tooth loss and oral cancer, so rather than lighting up on your next break, take a brisk walk around the block or simply sit outside and chat with a coworker.

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Can Winter Weather Damage Your Teeth?

Winter is now in full swing, and while you’ve probably considered how you will keep your sidewalk shoveled and snow from accumulating on your roof, you may have completely forgotten about another winter weather issue – your oral health! In fact, many people experience teeth sensitivity during the extreme temperature changes that occur in the winter, so it is important that you take steps to keep yourself safe.

Winter weather conditions can cause extreme temperature variations that can damage your teeth. People who spend a lot of time outdoors in very cold weather, such as skiers, runners, construction workers, and roofers are most at risk. Spending too much time outdoors under extreme temperature variations can actually cause cracks in the front teeth that can travel all the way up to the gum line. This happens because the teeth will expand and contract with the cold weather, and crack lines can then result after several years of thermal fatigue.

Hypersensitivity is also a problem during the winter. Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity, and causes can include tooth decay, fractures, gum disease, or worn tooth enamel. When these sensitive teeth are exposed to cold temperatures, the pain can become quite severe.

Fortunately, if you have sensitive teeth that are exposed to extreme conditions, there are steps that you can take to protect them. The easiest thing to do when outdoors is to wear a scarf around your mouth, as this will warm the air that you breathe before it has the opportunity to interact with your teeth. Good dental hygiene, including using desensitizing toothpaste is also important, and your dentist can perform in-office procedures to strengthen your enamel.

In the most severe cases, surgical grafts or root canals may be needed, but the most important thing to do is to contact us to set up an appointment to have your condition evaluated.

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