We are entering the time of year when it seems like just about everyone has a cold or the flu. When we are under the weather, we are far too likely to let our regular oral hygiene habits slip. That is why our Tinley Park dentists are here with some information that can help you care for your smile even when you’re not feeling your best.

Keep reading to learn more about some commonly experienced symptoms, and what you can do about them.

Post-Nasal Drip

Post-nasal drip occurs when an excess of mucus from your sinuses runs into your throat. This unpleasant sensation can also lead to a sore throat, and it is commonly associated with bad breath. Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water, as well as brushing and flossing as recommended. You can also gargle with salt water or a specially-formulated rinse to refresh your mouth.


Whether you have the flu or food poisoning, vomiting is never fun, and it’s never good for your smile. In fact, the acids from your stomach can burn your throat and weaken your teeth. It’s best to vigorously rinse your mouth, rather than brushing your teeth, after vomiting, as your enamel may be temporarily weakened due to acid exposure.


When you are not feeling well it is more important than ever to make sure that you are drinking enough water. Staying hydrated supports your immune system generally. However, it also helps to prevent dry-mouth, an environment in which bacteria thrive. Take the time rinse your smile regularly throughout the day, and keep water next to your bed—even the smallest sips help! 

If you want even more information about dental care during illness, our Tinley Park dentists are here to help—just give us a call!



Bad breath is just a bummer no matter where and how it occurs. However, if you are one of those people who suffers from chronic, hard-to-treat bad breath, then you really know how disruptive odorous breath can be.

As is true with most dental issues, the key to effectively treating bad breath is to first identify the underlying cause of the problem. Now, it’s normal to notice temporary bad breath whenever you eat something heavily seasoned or loaded with garlic and onions. On the other hand, if you feel like you’re always battling bad breath, you may have to make some changes to your oral health plan in order to get control.

Remember that the root cause of bad breath is actually a buildup of oral bacteria. So, some of the best things that you can do involve making it more difficult for oral bacteria to thrive:

Take a look at your schedule

Are you sipping or snacking throughout the day? If so, this may be making it more difficult for you to conquer bad breath. Oral bacteria stay active and feeding on sugars and carbohydrates for about 20 to 30 minutes after you finish eating or drinking. With that in mind, it makes more sense to snack and sip at specific, time-limited period of the day, rather than continuously.

Prioritize H20

Without a doubt, water is the most beneficial drink for your smile. When you are properly hydrated, your body is able to produce plenty of saliva, which helps to re-mineralize and strengthen bacteria. Make sure that you are drinking enough water day to day; some of our patients find it helpful to fill a big water bottle and keep it handy all day long.

Rinse it out

Perhaps the easiest way to refresh your smile is to rinse your mouth after meals and snacks. Talk to your dentist about whether you should use a specially-formulated rinse, or plain old water: both are effective at clearing away bacteria and dental debris.

To get started with some personal oral health recommendations, please give our Tinley Park dentists a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit your question. 


When you are ready to improve your dental aesthetics and take your smile to the next level our Orland Park cosmetic dentists are here to help. We offer a number of effective and patient-friendly treatment options, so that you can achieve your dream smile. Keep reading to learn more about the types of treatments offered in our practice:

Dental whitening: this treatment is designed to minimize existing stains on the tooth structure, so as to restore the tooth to its natural color. Our office uses the gentle ZOOM 2 whitening system for dramatic results. Professional treatments are much more effective than over-the-counter whitening options.

Veneers and LUMINEERS: both of these treatments cover the natural tooth structure with a thin porcelain restoration. We customize veneers and LUMINEERS to suit the patient’s appearance; this means that the shape, size, and color of the restoration will be tailored to you.

Snap on Smile: this unique aesthetic solution is actually a stand-alone mouthpiece, which snaps into place over your current smile. Once Snap on Smile is in place, you’ll enjoy a brand new, perfected smile! Snap on Smile is designed be worn when you’re out and about; you can simply pop it out of your mouth once you’re back home.

Dental bonding: using custom-shaded composite resin, our dentist resurfaces teeth, repairs damage, and even closes gaps between a patient’s natural teeth. One of the major advantages of bonding is that it takes only one dental appointment complete.

Laser gum reshaping: if you have an overly gummy smile, gum tissue reshaping will help to bring your smile into balance. This treatment is fast, effective, and comfortable.

Every cosmetic case is different. When you meet with our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of the types of treatments that may be right for you!

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