Encourage employees to create a great first impression with these 5 dental health tips

First impressions in business are often made with a nice smile. A busy work life and a less than perfect diet can lead to stained teeth, cavities and bad breath – leaving an impression that could damage the professional reputation of your business.

Poor dental health can also cause more serious health issues such as gum disease and tooth loss. Here are 5 easy tips to share with your staff to help keep their pearly whites sparkling (and their mouths healthy).

1. Proper brushing technique

We all know we need to brush our teeth twice a day, but not everyone is doing it right.

Here’s a handy checklist to ensure everything is polished off nicely.

  1. Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth and tilt the bristles to a 45-degree angle against where your teeth meet your gums. Move the brush in small circular movements across all your teeth – on the front and back surfaces. If you have an electric toothbrush…great news, it’ll do a lot of the hard work for you!

  2. Brush the biting surfaces of your teeth, making sure to get to all the hard-to-reach molars at the back of your mouth.

  3. Finally, brush your tongue to help freshen your breath and remove any lingering bacteria.

Teeth should be brushed with a fluoride toothpaste last thing before bed and at least one other time during the day, usually after breakfast for most people. Brushing alone is not enough, however. Regular brushing does not get between the teeth, which can lead to excessive bacterial and plaque build-up that can damage the enamel of the teeth and cause gum disease if left untreated.

Daily flossing or interdental brushing (with a special interdental brush) can help remove this build-up of plaque and lessen the likelihood of needing fillings or other dental treatment.

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2. Choose the right brush

A dentist will be able to recommend a suitable toothbrush, but most adults should use a small- to medium-sized brush head with soft to medium, multi-tufted, round-ended nylon bristles. The head needs to be small enough to reach all parts of the mouth, especially the back of the mouth, which can be difficult to reach if the head of the toothbrush is too large.

People with sensitive teeth can get specialist brushes with softer bristles, and people with crooked or irregular teeth can even get smaller brushes to help clean in the hard-to-reach places.

A toothbrush should be changed every two to three months to prevent damage to gums and to ensure teeth are being cleaned properly.

3. Make regular trips to the dentist

Regular dental checkups can help you spot problems early and avoid the need for more invasive treatment. The dentist will also check for signs of more serious diseases that could otherwise go unnoticed.

Dental hygienists can give teeth a proper clean, scrubbing and scraping off any stubborn plaque spots that regular brushing will struggle to remove.

4. Don’t overdo the mouthwash

Mouthwash can be a useful product for freshening breath and reducing the impact of tooth decay, but if someone finds they are using mouthwash all the time to mask bad breath, they could be covering up a more serious problem.

Bad breath can be a sign of gum disease, which can be serious if left untreated, so a dentist appointment is recommended to get to the root of the problem.

5. Cut out the sugar

We all know sugar is bad for our teeth, but even ‘diet’ or sugar-free fizzy drinks can have a detrimental effect on your smile.

Sugarless fizzy drinks contain acids that break down the outer layer of teeth, which can lead to staining and tooth decay. So why not help your staff by providing healthier options in the office vending machine and discouraging them from drinking and eating sugar-loaded food and drinks? You never know, that may even make them smile more!

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