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. 


Every once in a while, it is a good idea to take a look at your oral hygiene routine, and make any tweaks or adjustments necessary; we all fall into bad habits sometimes! Today, our Tinley Park dentists are sharing some simple things that you can do to improve your day to day oral hygiene.

Use the right toothbrush: the ADA recommends that patients brush their smiles twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed. You can ramp up your oral health routine by ensuring that you’re using the right tools to refresh your smile.

Talk to your dentist about what type of bristle appropriate for you. Most people will do well with a soft-bristled brush; in fact, firmer bristles may cause inadvertent enamel damage and thinning.

It’s also important that the head of your brush is small enough to reach your back molars. The back of your smile is an ideal environment for bacteria to accumulate and become entrenched.

Prioritize water during the day: remember that patients who suffer from chronic dry-mouth are likely to experience increased instances of cavity development as well as gum disease. You want to make sure that you’re drinking enough water throughout the day, in order to promote saliva production in your mouth. You can also help your smile by rinsing your mouth with water after every meal and snack.

Incorporate a mouth rinse into your routine: rinsing with water is a great start, but some patients will additionally benefit from incorporating a specially-formulated rinse into their oral hygiene routines. There are many types of mouth rinses on the market today: whether you want to strengthen enamel, fight bad breath, or combat dry mouth. If you don’t know what’s best for your smile, just ask your dental team for guidance.

For even more guidance, and personal recommendations, give our Orland Park dentists a call, today! 


For many of us, this time of year especially fun, and indulgent. There’s candy everywhere!

Our Tinley Park dentists encourage you to take the time now to make a plan for consuming Halloween treats. What are some things that you can you do protect your smile from damage this time of year?

Get some of the candy out of your house

Let’s be honest: sometimes we find ourselves chomping on sugary treats that we don’t even enjoy that much. There are a number of ways to get some of that excess Halloween candy out of your house. Maybe pick out a few of your favorite treats to keep around, and donate the rest around town.

Enjoy sweets at specific times

With some simple planning, you can minimize how much candy affects your smile. Here’s the thing: oral bacteria are going to be feeding on the sugars in your mouth for about 20 to 30 minutes after you finish eating or drinking (anything other than water). So, by limiting your indulgent period to once or twice a day, you’re actually giving bacteria fewer hours in the day to grow.

Use water to refresh your smile 

It’s always important to stay hydrated, but it is especially so when we are going to be eating a lot of sweets. Keep a water bottle handy, and sip throughout the day. You can also get into the good habit of rinsing your smile with water after every meal or snack.

As with many things in life, consuming sweets is best done in moderation. Our Tinley Park dentists are happy to give you additional information about optimizing your oral health routine. The best way to get started is to give our office a call, or to submit an inquiry through our Contact Us page.

We hope that you have a happy and healthy Halloween this year! 

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