The new year is the perfect time to make positive changes in your life. One idea that our Tinley Park dentists have for you this January? Improving oral health! We know it can sound like an ambitious task at first, but don’t worry; we’re here with some helpful lifestyle tips to help get you started…
- Prioritize Hydration
If you want to support your body’s natural ability to fight bacteria and strengthen enamel, then it is vital that you consume plenty of water. Dehydrated patients, and those who suffer from dry-mouth, are significantly more likely to deal with cavities, gum disease, and halitosis (chronic bad breath). Try carrying a water bottle with you in 2022 as a reminder to sip H20.
- Rinse Regularly
Another simple step you can take is to rinse your mouth with water after you eat or drink. Rinsing does a few important things at once:
- Clears away bacteria and debris
- Prompts your body to deliver saliva to your mouth
- Neutralizes any acidic substances that are coating your teeth and gums
- Pause Before Brushing
You need to brush your smile as recommended by your dental team in order to maintain a healthy and attractive smile. However, you also need to be mindful about when, specifically, you brush. For example, brushing right after you eat can actually cause you to inadvertently erode enamel. Basically, your enamel will be softer-than-usual for about thirty minutes after you finish eating—don’t brush during this time!
Making some thoughtful changes to your routine will boost your oral health, and keep those pearly whites shining bright all through 2022—who knows what else might happen?! As always, our Chicago cosmetic dentists can give you additional support and information—please feel free to give us a call!