Supporting oral health requires a top-notch oral hygiene plan as well as smart decision making in your daily life. One way that your smile can be surreptitiously damaged is by unhealthy beverages. Today, our Orland Park dentists are going to be giving you some additional information about how drinks can affect oral health.

  • Choose Water
  • If you remember one thing from this short article, please remember that water is the absolute best beverage for your smile. Water is not acidic, it does not contain any sugars, and it helps your body produce enough saliva to refresh and neutralize your smile.

  • Indulge Intentionally
  • With that in mind, when you do drink something other than water, you want to do it in the smartest way possible—what do we mean by that? Well, basically, you want to minimize the amount of time that problematic beverages are able to sit on your teeth and gums. Keep in mind that acidic drinks weaken and soften enamel for about twenty to thirty minutes after being exposed to your teeth. So, if you drink the same amount of juice in one sitting, rather than continuously throughout the day, for example, you will spend fewer hours of the day with softened enamel.

  • Start Rinsing Regularly
  • Another habit that can only help you is to rinse your smile throughout the day, especially after eating or drinking something other than water. It may be sufficient for you to rinse vigorously with water, or your dentist may recommend that you use a formulated rinse that has additional breath-freshening and enamel-strengthening properties.

    Our Orland Park dentists are here to help you build an oral hygiene plan that meets all of your needs. The best way to get started is to give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our website to schedule a consultation.


    Every step that you take to care for your smile at home is an investment in your long-term oral health. Our Orland Park dentists encourage you to take a look at your current oral hygiene, so that you can proactively make any improvements you can before dental problems emerge. Keep reading to learn more from our dental team!

    Use the right type of toothbrush for your smile

    It may seem like all toothbrushes are the same, but the truth is that there are a number of factors that you should take into account when you’re in the dental health aisle at the pharmacy. The first thing to keep in mind is that toothbrushes come with different bristle strengths. Using a firm bristled brush can, counterintuitively, actually damage your smile because the bristles are too abrasive. Most people will actually do well with soft bristled brushes; if you aren’t sure what’s right for you, talk to your dental team for guidance. The other thing to remember is that the head of your toothbrush needs to be small enough that it reaches your back molars.  

    Don’t rush the process

    Many people are surprised to learn that the ADA recommends that we brush our teeth for two minutes every single time we brush our teeth. Set a timer! Listen to a song that is two minutes long! Two minutes of gentle brushing is the goal.

    Don’t forget about gum health

    It is natural to focus, and even become preoccupied with, the appearance of your teeth, but your gums are just as important. If you find that your gums are often tender, swollen, or prone to bleeding, you may be developing gum disease. Your dentist can help you build a plan to strengthen your oral tissues and combat bad breath.

    When you come in for an assessment with our Tinley Park dentists, we will be able to give you some additional tips and recommendations that are personalized to your situation. 

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