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It’s difficult to take time out during a busy workday to schedule a dental appointment but visiting your Evansville dentist is an important part of maintaining your oral health.

It’s also important to incorporate taking care of your teeth in your daily routine if you’re a professional. Your well-maintained smile is as important to your business persona as a well-tailored suit or a nice pair of pumps.

“No matter how crazy your days are, you deserve excellent oral health and a beautiful, healthy smile,” said dentistNammy Patel, author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living“But consistently neglecting your teeth and gums during long days in the office can be very costly both from a health and financial standpoint.”

Dr. Patel has five on-the-go dental health tips for busy professionals:

Drink water

 Water neutralizes the acid in your mouth that leads to enamel erosion, decay, cavities and gum disease. Dr. Patel recommends drinking eight eight-ounce glasses per day and keeping a water bottle or water glass on your desk.

Keep oral health tools at your desk

Keep a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss in your desk drawer so you can brush and floss after meals and snacks. “After any meal or snack, our teeth and gums require attention to remove bacteria, and keeping these dental tools on hand will ensure you’re readily equipped,” she said.

Snack on naturally cleansing foods

Avoid the sugary snacks that can be especially prevalent this time of year and choose healthy foods instead, such as apples, carrots, celery and almonds, whichprovide vitamins and minerals for your teeth and body and also but they also naturally cleanse your teeth, scraping away food or plaque.

Be careful how you sip beverages

Keep a reusable straw in your desk so you can direct liquids to the back of your mouth, where they don’t come in contact with your teeth and can’t cause tooth decay and staining.

Relax your faceThe stress of a busy day causes tension in your head, neck and jaw. Consistent tension in the jaw can lead to temporomandibular joint pain, or TMJ.

“Take time at your desk to relax your jaw and face muscles,” Dr. Patel said. “Use your fingertips to gently massage your jaw, open and close your mouth a few times, and stretch your tongue forward to the top front teeth, and then up to the roof of your mouth.”