Wellness + Nutrition

5 dental dangers on the job

Taking great care of your teeth means brushing and flossing at home and visiting your dentist regularly. But what you do on the job can also influence your smile.

1. Snacking too much


Snacking on sugary or starchy foods all day can lead to tooth decay.


Healthy smile tip: Eat most of your food at mealtime so you’re not constantly exposing your teeth to sugar. If you do snack, make smilefriendly choices like fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, low-sugar yogurt and cheese.


2. Getting stressed


Job stress can cause teeth grinding and clenching, gum disease and mouth sores.



Healthy smile tip: De-stress by exercising, getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet.


3. Taking a smoke break


Smoking can lead to discolored teeth, bad breath, tooth loss and an increased risk of oral cancer.


Healthy smile tip: Your job may allow for smoke breaks but avoid all tobacco, including vaping. Chat with co-workers over a coffee break or take a short walk instead.


4. Waiting to treat dental injuries


Time is of the essence if your mouth is injured.


Healthy smile tip: Make sure to learn what to do in the case of a dental emergency, such as a knocked out or chipped tooth, and see your dentist immediately if you suffer a mouth injury.


5. Attending happy hours with co-workers


Alcohol is linked to oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay and dry mouth. Plus, some alcohol is high in sugar.


Healthy smile tip: Skip the after-work drinks, or just sip sparkling water or a non alcoholic cocktail. Try getting together for morning tea or lunch instead. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation.