I am happy to report that I’ve picked up a new healthy habit—one that’s been on my to-do list for quite some time now. For the past month or so, I’ve started brushing my teeth in the office bathroom after lunch.
This simple activity can have a surprisingly big impact on well-being. Here are three reasons why I’m smitten with the post-lunch brush:
- My mouth feels clean and minty. An obvious benefit, but enjoyable nonetheless! (This is particularly appreciated on days when I eat something garlicky or heavily spiced.)
- My teeth are healthier. All that extra brushing and flossing adds up – your dentist (and your gums) will thank you!
- I’m less prone to snacking. In the afternoon, when energy starts to wane, the vending machine / snack run / office cookies can be awfully tempting. But a fresh brush signals that meal time is over.
Really, the biggest obstacle to overcome was to actually bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to work (yes–I floss in there, too). Once I had it in my desk, it’s been easy to motivate myself to get up from the computer after lunch and step into the restroom for a quick brush. Additionally, there’s a certain novelty associated with brushing at the office, so it doesn’t seem like quite the tiresome chore as it does at home (at least not yet).
Do you brush your teeth at work?