Don't resolve to: Give up gum.
You've been caught snapping, popping and chomping in meetings, and you worry that your mom was right about gum wrecking your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals, however, can actually help prevent tooth decay. Gum-chewing causes you to produce more saliva, which neutralizes decay-causing acids, rinses away food particles and carries calcium and phosphate that strengthen tooth enamel. The American Dental Association now encourages gum after meals (in addition to brushing and flossing, of course)—but stresses that it must
be sugar-free, because sugar can cause tooth decay
. (An added bonus for gum lovers: Chewing it can help you focus while working on a challenging cognitive task—in many cases, it works better than a cup of coffee
Do resolve to:
Chew gum only after breakfast or lunch, in the privacy of your own cubicle.