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.
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.
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.
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.