Healthy habits equal clean teeth. Some small changes in our daily routine go a long way in helping us fend off periodontal diseases. Some of the things we are going to talk about today might sound obvious to you, in that case, let them be a reminder; for others, they might seem like a hassle, in that case, keep in mind that once you keep doing them for a couple of weeks they will become second nature, in the end, a little practice will help you be more mindful of your health and in turn have a happier and healthier life.
Keep a toothbrush at work
We spend a lot of time in our offices; what do we do when we get thirsty or hungry? Well, maybe have a snack, eat lunch, drink a cup of coffee or have a nice cup of tea. That means that you could spend the rest of the day with food residue in your mouth, oh, you might be able to get rid of the breath with a mint, but that residue ends up building plaque, tartar and promotes bacterial growth which could end up damaging our teeth.
Always keep a toothbrush and some toothpaste with you, put them in a zip lock and stash them somewhere out of sight, like the back of a cabinet (or in best of cases, carry them on your purse), and just remember that each time you brush you have to thoroughly clean it before you put it back in the bag.
Another way in which you can clean your teeth is by chewing gum; not any kind of gum will, I emphatically recommend that you get some xylitol gum and keep on yourself at all times (you could also get any other kind of artificially sweetened gum). Bubblegum is an excellent way to dispose of those sediments when you simply cannot brush (you are late for a meeting or driving a vehicle).
Eat food which helps you clean your teeth
Raw and hard vegetables and fruits are an awesome way to clean your teeth, celery, carrots and apples (due to their porosity) naturally clean your teeth as you bite them, so when you are preparing your meal for the day be sure to put a couple of raw carrot stick, a few pieces of celery or a simple apple. If you are making a nice dinner you can serve them after the dessert.