When you’re at work, your oral health may not be top of mind. Some jobs can have a substantial impact on your teeth – and not just due to repeated coffee refills! Here are a few professions that can wreak havoc on your teeth:
These professionals sure walk on pins and needles when it comes to their oral health! And that’s because they tend to keep pins and needles in their mouths while working, running the risk of chipping their teeth. Similarly, woodworkers and carpenters could experience the same problem with the habit of holding nails in their mouth.
A chipped tooth can be painful and may result in extensive dental work, such as a root canal or a crown.
• Taste Testers, Chefs and Bakers
Constantly testing food and drink might seem like a dream job for the foodie in all of us. But such frequent taste testing can create a feeding ground for bacteria. Large populations of bacteria can produce enough acid to dissolve tooth enamel faster than the body can rebuild it.
• Any Desk Job
Of course, there are employees in all fields who have bad oral habits such as chewing on pens or pencils, which can chip or crack your teeth.
To combat some of these on-the-job oral health problems, look for alternatives to your habits. Chewing sugar-free gum may keep tools out of your mouth. And for workers who sew, a wristlet that holds pins and needles will keep your smile intact!