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While you’re at work, it’s easy to get lost in the tasks, right? Sometimes this leads to stress habits and forgetting to take care of your smile. If this is the case for you, it’s time to keep your smile in mind while you’re at work. Unfortunately, there are many habits that can harm your teeth and gums, and our oral surgeons, Dr. Dr. Melvin Ford, Dr. Klaus Guter, and Dr. James Gray, are happy to tell you all about them.

The first habit is using your teeth as tools. This might seem like a simple habit that doesn’t cause damage, but it does. Using your teeth to rip a piece of tape, open packaging, or even hold pins in your mouth can cause small fractures in your tooth enamel. This is the same with chewing on pens, pencils, and ice. The more you do these things, the bigger the fractures get, which can result in cracked and broken teeth.

The second habit is smoking. Smoking not only promotes lung cancer, but it also increases your risk of having oral cancer, gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. No matter what you smoke, even e-cigarettes, it’s important to stop.

The third habit is forgetting to clean your smile. Brushing in the middle of the day might not be part of your work routine, but we ask you to make it one. Brushing after lunch can help you maintain a strong and healthy smile. Hey, it can even help you avoid having a food-filled smile and odorous breath.

Would you like to know more about how to care for your smile at work? If so, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Oral Surgery of Tidewater at your earliest convenience. Our dental team in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is more than happy to help you if you just call (757) 544-9192 today!