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Does your job harm your teeth? If you’re not sure, our Preferred Dental team is happy to tell you about the jobs that can alter your oral health in more ways than you might realize. Some common occupations that can damage your smile include:

Jobs that dehydrate you
Dehydration can lead to bad breath, dry mouth, tooth decay, and gum disease. If you work outside or do strenuous labor, you are at risk for being dehydrated. So, it’s best to consume as much water and electrolytes throughout your work day as possible. Some occupations that involve dehydration include construction, forestry, mining, agriculture, gardening and landscaping, athletics, firefighting, and military.

Jobs that allow smoking
Even though your job allows smoke breaks and your co-workers participate in the habit, that doesn’t mean you should smoke. Smoking causes major issues with your oral and overall health. Some complications that smoking provides include oral cancer, bad breath, gum disease, and cavities. The occupations that generally involve smoking include mining, construction, food service, waste management, real estate, manufacturing, and retail.

Jobs that can cause dental injuries
Sometimes a hard fall, blow to the face, the misuse of equipment, or workplace violence can result in dental injuries. Some work-related dental injuries include chipped or cracked teeth, tooth loss, and the TMJ disorder. Common occupations that involve dental injuries include healthcare and social assistance, transportation, warehousing, security, and athletics.

If you have a job that dehydrates you, allows smoking, and causes dental injuries, then it’s important to care for your smile each day while you’re at work. If you would like tips on how to do so, please call our office at 707-544-8338 and talk to Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib or a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Santa Rosa, California, if you have any dental issues you would like resolved. We are happy to help you!