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Sometimes work involves stress, and stress sometimes affects the teeth, whether it’s nervous habits or forgetting to do things. Unfortunately, there are things you can do to harm the smile and affect the oral health. So, no matter how stressed you are at work, it’s important to keep your smile in mind. In order to do so, our dentist, Dr. David Solomon, recommends stopping these habits:

-Using your teeth as tools: This includes using your teeth to rip tape; hold pins in your mouth; open packaging; chew on pens, pencils, and ice; and other habits. Doing these things can cause damage that’s invisible to the naked eye. In fact, they cause small microfractures in the tooth enamel. When you continue doing these things, the fractures get bigger. Eventually, it will lead to cracked and broken teeth. Please avoid using your teeth as tools.

-Smoking: As you may already know, smoking is bad for your health. It’s also extremely bad for your smile. It can promote and cause oral cancer, gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. If you want a strong smile, you need to quit smoking, even if you just smoke e-cigarettes.

-Forgetting to clean your smile: It’s not common to have a mid-day brushing routine, but our dental team asks you to make it a priority. Brushing after lunch can help you have a strong and successful oral health because it removes harmful substances from your teeth and gums. It can also help you avoid having a food-filled smile and smelly breath.

To learn more about how to care for your smile while you’re at work, please contact our dental office, Solomon & Wright Associates, P.C., by dialing 781-665-5222. Our dental team in Melrose, Massachusetts, is here to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to helping you have strong and healthy teeth and gums at work!