Farewell to the Commute and Hello to Wellness
Working from home might be different to what you’re used to but there are definitely some perks. Our productivity hacks below include tips on making more time for self-care and improving your oral hygiene.
Saying goodbye to your commute means more time to focus on your oral health and wellness. From getting more sleep to flossing while you read through emails, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite oral hygiene tips to maximize your time spent at home.
1. Make time for a new self-care routine.
With the new year comes a new opportunity to shake up your self-care routine. This should include your oral hygiene. With all this extra time spent at home, now is the perfect time to reset and reboot your health.
Start from the top by improving your oral health routine. Make your bathroom the spa-like oasis you’ve always wanted to. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars to do this.
Invest in some new bath towels, new lighting fixtures, and some paint to transform your bathroom. New bathroom accessories such as a toothbrush holder and toiletry organizers will give your bathroom a whole new look.
Start the day by brushing for a couple of extra minutes each day. Floss, use a mouthwash, or give yourself a mini-facial, for example. These little changes will make you feel more relaxed and refreshed without leaving the house.
2. Invest in new oral hygiene.
To kick-start your new and improved morning ritual, invest in new oral hygiene products. Speak with us at your next appointment about a new toothbrush, mouthwash, and toothpaste that will provide the best care for your mouth.
Investing in some new and improved products will help keep your mouth feeling and looking fresh. Now that you don’t have to commute, you can enjoy a few extra minutes pampering yourself and your smile.
3. Stock the essentials in your home office.
Working at home definitely comes with an upside. In your office kitchen, or bathroom, you can stock all your favorite healthy essentials. Keeping floss, in your desk drawer for example will be a good reminder to take it out when you have a break.
Keeping fresh food in the house will save you from ordering takeout or going through the drive-through. Have groceries, water, and healthy snacks on-hand so you don’t reach for sugary snacks and drinks as a pick-me-up.
4. Sneak in flossing while you clear your inbox.
When you’re at an office full of people, you might not feel comfortable flossing at your desk. When your office is in the privacy of your own home, you can floss until your heart’s content.
When it comes to flossing, the American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth each day. Flossing helps to keep food particles and bacteria from getting stuck between your teeth and in your gumline.
The most important thing to remember about flossing is to do it. Keep it on your desk or on your phone so you remember. You can floss between calls or while you’re clearing out your email.
5. Brush after meals.
When you’re eating and working at home, you have a great opportunity to brush your teeth after a meal. Brushing after meals will keep food from getting between your teeth and gumline.
Brush away your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. Your mouth will feel great after all this extra attention. This is a habit you’ll want to bring with you if your remote working situation changes.
6. Get more sleep.
Not getting enough sleep has been linked to poor oral health. Sleep is the time our body uses to recharge itself. You need sleep to fight off infections, inflammation, and to keep your immune system running at its best.
When you work from home, it’s easy to blend the work and home day together. There’s no punch out time when you don’t have a drive home. It’s also hard to shut down before bed and not look at emails.
To help yourself get a better night of sleep, re-work your bedtime routine. After a thorough brush, floss, and mouthwash session, it’s time to shut down your screens.
Try not to look at a screen an hour before bed. This includes television, your cell phone, tablet, and computer. This will give your mind a chance to decompress and relax.
7. Practice better at-home nutrition.
When you’re working at home, it’s a great time to focus on your nutrition. You’ll be able to cook, meal prep, and store food, without needing to share an office fridge or worry about heating it up.
Focus on fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole foods for better oral health. Skip the sweets, processed food, and sugary drinks. If you do indulge, brush or give your mouth a rinse to keep your teeth free and clear.
8. Bring the coffee shop home for a healthier morning.
Making your own coffee or tea is a healthy alternative to a daily trip to the coffee shop.
Making your own coffee can still be luxurious, but you’ll be able to control exactly what ingredients go into your daily treat.
9. Stay healthy at home through physical activity.
Oral, mental, and physical health will all be better off with some physical activity. Take phone calls on a light walk when you can. Go for a run at lunchtime or work out to a fitness video at home.
10. Make an appointment at Duvall Dental Center.
When you work at home, you’ll have some more flexibility with your schedule. You don’t have to worry about traveling or making it home at a certain time. Now is the perfect time to schedule your next cleaning.
Oral hygiene is easier than ever.
With this round-up of productivity hacks, you’ll be amazed at how big of an impact these small changes have on your well-being. Making little shifts such as brushing after meals and flossing in your home office will help make your mouth look and feel great.
Take advantage of the extra time spent at home and put it to use prioritizing your well-being and oral health. If you’re ready to set up a visit or virtual consultation, contact us here to make an appointment. You can schedule your first visit with us from the comfort of your home.