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How to Keep Up With Dental Care As a Busy Professional

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Do you wake up in the morning and immediately start tackling a to-do list that's a mile long? Perhaps you spend more time in the office than you do at home. The life of a working professional can be an exceedingly busy one, and if you are not careful, important life tasks like dental care and dental hygiene can get away from you.

So how can you balance that busy career with taking great care of your teeth? Start by following these tips.

Keep a Toothbrush and Floss at the Office

How many mornings have you been sitting at a traffic light and suddenly realized you forgot to brush your teeth before you ran out the door? If you keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss at the office, you can always take a few minutes to brush and floss before you start the day.

With a toothbrush at the office, you can also go the extra mile and brush your teeth after lunch. Just make sure you wait 30 minutes. Contrary to popular belief, brushing immediately after a meal is not great for your teeth, especially if you just ate something acidic. The acid in many foods and drinks temporarily softens your enamel, so you may suffer enamel damage if you brush too soon. 

Keep Healthy Snacks at Work

If you eat a sugary cupcake at 10:00 am, that sugar will sit on your teeth and feed oral bacteria until you brush in the evening. The fewer sugary snacks you enjoy at work, the better. One way to keep yourself away from those break room treats is to stock your own supply of tooth-healthy snacks, either at your desk or in the break room fridge. Convenient options include:

  • Nuts

  • String cheese

  • Carrot sticks

  • Unbuttered popcorn

  • Sunflower seeds

See if your coworkers are interested in collaboratively making a push for healthier snacks in the break room. Perhaps you can all agree to bring fruit and veggie trays rather than sugary cookies and cakes for birthdays.

Pack a Water Bottle

Chances are you rely on coffee to get you through some tough mornings. Coffee sweetened with milk and sugar is not great for your teeth, but if you must indulge, at least get into the habit of sipping some water afterwards to rinse the sugar and acid off your teeth.

Find a water bottle you love, and carry it with you to work each day. Keeping it by your desk may also help you say "no" to that second cup of coffee or soda later in the day.

Book Appointments Well in Advance

Even if your daily dental care habits are suitable, you may struggle to keep dental checkup appointments with your busy schedule. A good way around this hassle is to book your appointments well in advance. Let your supervisor know about your appointment as far in advance as possible so it's not a surprise when you're not there. Treat your dental checkups like the top priority that they are.

Bring the Whole Family at Once

Sometimes, the problem is not just taking time off for your own dental appointments but for the kids' appointments, too.

Save yourself time and headaches by booking all of the family's dental checkups back-to-back on the same day. This way, you only have to leave the office once, and you should be all set for the next six months. Most family dentists will be happy to work with you and find back-to-back openings if you explain your situation. 

Don't let your busy work life keep you from getting proper dental care. Follow the advice above, and contact Lawrence J. Larsen, DDS, if you're looking for a new family dentist in the south Sacramento area.