Does Your Workplace Promote Oral Health?

Apparently, oral health and hygiene has been linked with general health. To spread awareness about importance of dental health and its association with overall health among the people of the society, concerned dental clinics and oral health experts around Australia often organise community health programmes focused on oral disease prevention and health promotion.

But what about oral health in the workplace? Do you encourage dental hygiene among your employees?

Several studies have proved that healthier workforces tend to be more productive. With that fact in perspective, promoting oral hygiene in the workplace remains an essential aspect for both employees and employers.

How does your business benefit from oral health promotion in the workplace?

  • A healthy work environment leaves employees more focused and hence, the business more productive.
  • The promotion of healthy living and prevention of dental conditions and disease helps reduce workplace absence and disruption.
  • Promotion of a healthy work culture and environment reflects positively on the reputation of the brand and company.
  • Hale and hearty employees means reduced absenteeism and improved work performance.
  • A healthy workplace contributes to improved staff morale and job satisfaction.
  • Healthy employees yield higher return on training, and development investment.

Tips to promote oral health and hygiene among employees

  • Circulate message, reminders and posters to encourage healthy dental habits and practices like brushing and flossing.
  • Raise awareness on the importance of hydration and educate your staff about dirking water, tap water and fluoride.
  • Encourage routine dental visits. Conducting free dental check-ups in the workplace is also a beneficial practice in terms of company culture, reputation and employees’ health.
  • Encourage employees to participate in local oral health campaigns and seminars.
  • Take measures to address drug, alcohol and smoking issues within the organisation.
  • Provide practical advice and basic guideline for employees to deal with dental emergencies in the office premises.
  • Insure the dental health of your employees with the service of an emergency dentist. Having an emergency dentist to contact or visit in case of a dental emergency ensures that the oral damage and work disruption is minimal.

Promoting dental health not only helps maintaining a healthy, motivated workforce but provides you with the opportunity to boost business performance and productivity.

So, keep your staff healthy and your business running smoothly.

Tooth Pain? Cavity is Not Always to Be Blamed for This

So, you’ve been experiencing tooth pain lately.

Getting into an oral care routine have always been advised by dental health experts so as to maintain healthy teeth and a care-free smile.

However, no matter how careful you are about your oral health and hygiene, at some point in life, you may happen to incur the discomfort of tooth pain. And before you hold cavity accountable for your toothache, you must know that cavity isn’t the only cause.

There are several possible problems besides cavity (tooth decay) that lead to mild to severe tooth pain. Let’s take a look at them.

Tooth Sensitivity

Experiencing a severe discomfort or pain in the teeth when consuming hot or cold beverages or foods indicate that you have sensitive teeth.

Sensitivity in teeth may result from tooth decay, a loose filling, thinning of the tooth enamel or receding gums and doesn’t usually cause much problem if the discomfort lasts only a few moments.

Abscessed Teeth

If you’re bothered by a throbbing, continuous pain in the teeth, you might have a tooth abscess (infection) in or around the root of teeth. A tooth infection is a puss-filled swelling caused when the pus from the infected tooth pulp spreads into the surrounding periodontal tissues and bone causing significant pain.

In addition, a periodontal abscess, which is an infection in the gums and the surrounding tissues, can also result in an incessant tooth pain.

Sinus Infection

People with a sinus infection often complaint about a dull, throbbing pain on the both sides of the upper teeth which are also referred as a sinus toothache. While sinus is a less common cause of a toothache, the pain in the sinus area is significant and may require you to see the dentist.

 

In addition, an abnormal bite, chipped or broken teeth, and repetitive grinding and chewing are some other conditions that trigger tooth pain.

Toothaches may not necessarily be acute and life-threatening. But waiting for the little inconvenience or discomfort to develop into a serious condition should be the last thing to consider.

So, it is advisable to see your dentist regardless of the type and severity of your pain.