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How Your Computer May Cause Harm to Your Teeth


Posted on 2/10/2020 by Barbara Ketchum
How Your Computer May Cause Harm to Your TeethThere are a lot of reasons to avoid your computer from time to time to keep in good health, but you probably didn't think one of them would be your computer.

You're just sitting there typing, right? How is that damaging? As it turns out, there are a lot of ways you can damage your teeth by sitting at your computer.

Your Drink of Choice
When you are typing along at your computer, what are you drinking? If you are like most people, you are sipping on a caffeinated beverage. Many of us are working on the computer and drinking a carbonated drink. You are bathing your teeth in a mix of acids and sugar. If you drink too many every day, you are more likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease. Choose to sip on water instead. If you must sip that soft drink- use a straw. That way, you are minimizing the amount of acid and sugars on your teeth.

While we're at it, too much coffee and tea is not good either. Be sure you are limiting the amount of sugar and caffeine you are sipping while you work. Since coffee and tea also stain your teeth, you may want to add cream or milk, which minimizes the damage.

Stop Snacking Stupidly

We all do it. We choose sugary snacks while we are working. Sometimes, we also snack on foods with a lot of sugar (fruit rolls) without any redeeming value. These snacks also don't repel acid, which acts as a double whammy. Instead, try mixing some dairy into your snack ideas. It minimizes acid on your teeth, and reduces sugar cravings.

Do you need some help with what to choose to eat? Don't worry, we have a lot of information on what you should eat. We may be able to give you some tips for a healthier diet for you- and your mouth.
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