When I started my current job I had a major struggle the first week. I wanted desperately to brush my teeth during the day, but felt worried I would weird people out in the bathroom. It isn’t too common to see a co-worker scrubbing her pearly whites midway through the day (or at the end of the day or after a random cup of coffee). Eventually, I couldn’t stand the feeling of gritty teeth anymore and grabbed my travel toothbrush and paste and bolted to the bathroom.
Over a year later, and my oral hygiene has become a bit of an office joke. People poke fun at me for being “OCD” while also saying, “I should brush my teeth more often.”
Should everyone brush their teeth four or five times a day like I do? No, it’s excessive and I know that.* But you should at least be brushing (and using non-alcoholic mouthwash) morning and night. Oh, and throw in flossing.
Not only does having good oral hygiene make you more enjoyable to speak to face-to-face (and to kiss), but it can keep hard-earned dollars in your pocket. Particularly because dental insurance seems to be one of the first options removed from plans and the dentist’s office appears an often skipped visit. If you’re proactive about keeping your teeth in shape — just like keeping your body health — it will save you from costly dental procedures and plenty of pain. Except for wisdom teeth. No amount of brushing and flossing can save you from that torture.
I’m fortunate to have dental included in my insurance plan and love going to the dentist and get that A+ for my brushing tactics. I also like to still get gold stars and to pick a toy out of the “no cavity” treasure chest.
Fun Fact: I still have two baby teeth (molars) which is why I’m so careful about taking care of my teeth. When those teeth decide to give out it’s going to cost me more than the tooth fairy would be willing to pay for my 24-year-old baby chompers.
Do you see taking care of yourself as a way to save money?
*I’ve spoken with my dentist about “over-brushing” and he says my teeth are great, my enamel is fine and I should keep doing what I’m doing so calm yourself.
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