Brushing your teeth at work is good for your teeth and your job

| April 22, 2013

AFTER FINISHING LUNCH OR A SNACK AT WORK, DO YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH? A survey reveals that despite knowing that a healthy, attractive smile affects both personal wellness and professional image,  few people are brushing at work.

The survey, carried out by The Academy of General Dentistry and Oral-B Laboratories, polled more than 1,000 full-time employees about their oral care habits and the importance of a healthy smile at work.

The Importance Of A Healthy Smile At Work

    • 96% of respondents thought a smile was very or somewhat important to a person’s appearance.
    • 40% ranked “smile” as the first thing they noticed about a person at work.
    • 32% cited “bad breath” as their co-workers’ least attractive trait.

Office Eating And Brushing Stats

    • 75% of respondents ate twice or more a day at work.
    • Only 14% brushed their teeth!

 Brush after eating

The sugars and starches in the food you eat can cause an “acid attack” on your  tooth enamel. Even after the visible evidence of food disappears, plaque bacteria continues to grow. If you don’t brush, those workday meals, snacks, and beverages stay on your teeth and can increase the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease. So just do it! Let’s adjust the when of brushing just a bit, to your advantage: brush your teeth after breakfast, after meals at work, and before you go to bed.

Some Foods Are Better For Your Teeth Than Others

Helpful Tips For Brushing At Work

  • Leave a toothbrush at work and increase your likelihood of brushing by 65%!
  • Step it up at home—the better you brush at home, the better you’ll brush at work.


If you brush your teeth regularly at work, do you have any suggestions to help the rest of us, who may not be as valiant? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook pageThe staff at Grandview Dental Care regularly brushes their teeth after the lunch hour.

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Founded in 1978, Grandview Dental Care is a leading Columbus Ohio dentist offering a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services in the Columbus area including: Invisalign, dental implants, IV sedation dentistry, and veneers Grandview Dental Care is conveniently located at 1220 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43212 in Grandview Heights, near Marble Cliff, Upper Arlington, The Ohio State University campus, and downtown Columbus.