Taking care of your smile doesn’t have to be a chore. There are three quick and simple things that you can do in order to boost your oral health throughout the day. As always, please feel free to call our Lincoln Park dentists if you have any questions after reading this short article!
As you try to protect your smile throughout the day, the goal is to minimize the amount of plaque that is able to accumulate on your teeth and gums. Now, there is no way to totally prevent plaque production—we simply have to be diligent about neutralizing it and clearing it away!
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day (make sure you are drinking water, as sodas and juices have harmful sugars and acids). Water helps to flush dental debris from between your teeth, and every time that you drink water, you help your body to produce saliva. Saliva is hugely important for neutralizing oral bacteria.
Avoid chomping on hard candies and ice. Hard and abrasive foods, like hard candies and ice, can damage your dental enamel when you chew on them. When you habitually chew abrasive foods, your dental enamel will develop micro-cracks, which become dental weak-spots in which bacteria accumulate.
Rinse with water after you eat and drink anything other than water. After you eat and drink, oral bacteria in your mouth feed off of the resulting sugars from about 30 minutes. In order to hinder this feeding frenzy, you can rinse your mouth with water to flush away remaining food and drink.
Our Lincoln Park dentists can give you more personalized recommendations when you come in for a consultation with our dental team. Call our office, or use the Contact Us page on our website in order to get started, today!