5 Ways to main­tain oral hy­giene at work

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - TEXT: AB­HI­NAV VERMA ( WITH IN­PUTS BY DR GU­NITA SINGH, COS­METIC AND LASER DEN­TAL SUR­GEON)

Think about the num­ber of co-work­ers, clients and man­agers you come across at work­place. That might just be mo­ti­va­tion enough to look af­ter your mouth and the em­a­nat­ing smell. Wouldn’t you want your smile to be the clean­est and your breath to be the fresh­est? Here are some tips to main­tain oral hy­giene at work:

1 Rinse af­ter ev­ery meal: Be­gin with rins­ing your mouth af­ter ev­ery meal. You don’t want your breath to smell of onions, and you don’t want tiny pieces of food stuck on your teeth. Reg­u­lar rins­ing en­sures that your breath re­mains fresh and your teeth are clean.

2 Tea and cof­fee in­take re­duc­tion: Yes, we all need our daily doze of caffiene and tea to func­tion in of­fice, but their reg­u­lar in­take leads to teeth stains. To sat­isfy your crav­ings, go for fruits, as fi­bres in them act as nat­u­ral cleansers for your teeth.

3 Say ‘yes’ to chew­ing gum: Go for chew­ing gums, es­pe­cially those con­tain­ing xyl­i­tol, which in­crease the sali­vary flow and re­duces cav­ity.

4 Wa­ter is won­der­ful: You can re­move as much bac­te­ria by vig­or­ously swish­ing your mouth with wa­ter as you can by vig­or­ously swish­ing with mouth­wash. So, go for wa­ter for hy­drat­ing your­self. Avoid aer­ated drinks.

5 Mini den­tal kit: Make it a habit to carry a small tooth­brush and mouth-fresh­ner to of­fice. You only need to take out five min­utes dur­ing your work­ing hours to brush your teeth.

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