Our Orland Park dentists are here to help you make good choices for your smile every single day. To that end, in this article, our team is sharing some information about how specific foods affect oral health. Today we are talking about refined carbohydrates in particular; let’s get started!

Here are some examples of commonly consumed products that are high in sugar and refined carbs:

  • white rice
  • refined bread
  • commercial cereals
  • pizza dough
  • chips
  • sweet breakfast pastries and desserts
  • candies
  • soft drinks
  • many fruit juices

One simple thing that you can do is to try and swap these foods for healthier alternatives. Here are some options:

  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • whole grain bread, dough, and pasta
  • brown rice
  • beans, lentils, and peas
  • whole fruits, rather than processed fruit products

It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth vigorously after you eat or drink something with refined carbohydrates. This will help to remove dental debris, and it will prompt saliva production.

Our Tinley Park dentists understand that it can be difficult to cut sugar and processed substances from your diet entirely. Start off by just making a few strategic swaps in your diet, and talk to your dental team about things that you can do to boost your smile’s ability to fight bacteria day to day.  Your dental team may recommend special tools like a waterpik, or bacteria-fighting mouth rinses to meet your needs.

Every day we coat our smiles in the foods and drinks that we consume. When we don’t take a critical look at our diets, we can overlook diet-related dental damage. If you want to learn more about how various affect your smile, or if you would like to schedule a personal consultation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team


Just as your daily habits can affect whole body health—fluctuating weight, headache, breathing issues, etc.—the thing you do day to day can also impact your oral health. This article from our Orland Park dentists will give you some information about common daily habits, and how they affect your smile. We hope that this info helps you make positive changes in your daily routine!

Daily Habit: not drinking enough water

Whether you are chronically dehydrated, or regularly reaching for sugary soft drinks, energy drinks, and fruit juices, your body is not getting the hydration it needs to function optimally. Unfortunately, this prevents your body from producing enough saliva, and, since saliva neutralizes bacteria and remineralizes enamel, a lack of it puts your smile at risk. A patient with chronic dry mouth are at an increased risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

Daily Habit: picking at your smile

Many of us have gotten into the bad habit of using toothpicks to clear food particles a dental debris from our smile. Toothpicks, both wooden and metal, can cause inadvertent damage to your smile, especially to your oral tissues and gums. That is why our dental team strongly recommends that you use floss, rather than toothpicks, to refresh your mouth throughout the day.

Daily Habit: chomping on hard treats

If you are someone who regularly chew on hard candies, ice, and mints, our dental team is here to encourage you to make a healthier decision for your smile. Every time that we chew on hard or abrasive substances, we risk developing small—invisible to the naked eye—cracks and chips in dental enamel.

If you would benefit from more guidance on ways that you can optimize your daily routine (and weed out bad habits), please feel free to contact our Tinley Park dentists!  


Dental technology is always changing and evolving; our Tinley Park dentists are committed to providing our patients with the most state-of-the-art care available. You can learn more about the latest treatments and technologies that we use by reading on…


LUMINEERS improve on what traditional porcelain veneers are able to do, because they are crafted from an exceptionally durable type of ceramic, Cerinate Porcelain. Because of the structural integrity of Cerinate Porcelain it is now possible for our dentists to place aesthetic LUMINEERS that are only about as thick as a contact lens.

Importantly, LUMINEERS are so thin that they do not require our cosmetic dentists to remove very much natural tooth structure in order to make them fit.

Dental Implants

Most of the older tooth replacement treatments with which we are familiar—dentures and bridges—are crafted to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. Dental implants are different; every dental implant has a visible dental crown that replaces the tooth above the gum line and a titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root. As a patient, you will enjoy an exceptionally stable and natural feeling replacement tooth.


While conventional braces move teeth with metal brackets and wires, Invisalign makes these inconveniences obsolete. Invisalign is orthodontic treatment that is completed over a number of months or years. The Invisalign system utilizes clear plastic aligners to shift your teeth—not metal required. Many patients rave about the comfort and discretion that Invisalign makes possible.

Modern aesthetic and restorative dentistry treatments make it easier, faster, and more affordable than ever before to achieve your dental goals. To learn more, please contact our Orland Park cosmetic dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you! 

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