Want to be better at your job? Fixing toothaches, gum inflammation and other problems could be the solution.
That’s because a healthy mouth is an important indicator of personal well-being, self-confidence and reduced distractions that allow employees to shovel out optimal work in the office.
If you don’t think a mighty mouth matters, consider this: Americans lose more than 164 million work hours due to dental health problems, according to a recent Delta Dental Oral Health and Wellbeing Survey. What’s more, the survey indicated that about one in six people in the U.S. (16 percent) miss work because of oral health issues.
The survey also highlighted more than one-quarter of Americans say they have oral health issues that they’d like to address, but are often prevented by their inability to pay for the treatment.
According to a U.S. Surgeon General report, neglecting oral health can lead to needless pain and complications. The social and financial costs of poor oral health can substantially lower your quality of life.
Often, rotting teeth bring along bad breath, which may not only affect your focus, but that of nearby co-workers. Tooth decay occurs when damaging bacteria combine with leftover food particles to form plaque, which wears away at the protective layer of teeth.
Bonus of a bright smile
A bright, healthy smile can go a long way in the working world. Having whiter teeth makes you appear more successful, more employable and even five years younger, according to an Oral-B study. After the next paycheck, you might be on the lookout for teeth whitening products.
“Whether looking for a job or searching for new love, a white smile is now a real investment on many levels,” Dr. Uchenna Okoye, Oral-B’s smile director, told the Daily Mail.
To fend off stains, be careful about coffee and snacking at your desk. The key thing to know is that the longer a food or beverage lingers on teeth, the higher the risk of tooth erosion, stains and gum tissue inflammation. So, if you religiously sip a cup of Joe, make sure to wash it down with water afterward, since H2O can help rinse away coffee’s ingredients, working to reduce these problems along with bad breath.