It’s February, which means love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love and showing others how much we care about them. While you’re making dinner plans and buying heart-shaped chocolates, don’t forget about taking care of your beautiful smile! Here is some practical advice from your family dentist about how to show your teeth some love this Valentine’s Day.
Don’t Let Bad Breath Ruin Date Night
One of the only downsides to a nice romantic dinner is the effect it can have on your breath. A delicious meal filled with garlic, onions, or seafood could leave your mouth with a bad odor that ruins your dinner date. These foods interact with the bacteria in your mouth to create volatile, stinky gases that neither you nor your partner will enjoy. Save your amorous evening by bringing some floss or a small toothbrush with you to dinner. After eating, take a quick moment to clean out those lingering food particles and bacteria then pop in a mint to freshen up that smile.
Protect Your Sweetheart from Their Sweet Tooth
Valentine’s Day is a great time to enjoy flowers, hearts, and tasty treats! Even though most of us are well aware that sugary snacks cause cavities, it might feel impossible to avoid sweets entirely. So instead of going cold turkey, enjoy Valentine’s day in a healthy way! Here are the best treats for your sweetheart and their oral health:
- Solid chunks of chocolate. Yup, you read that right! Chocolates with creamy or sticky fillings will cling to your loved one’s teeth and could possibly damage any dental crowns or fillings they have. Solid chocolate bars or hearts are less likely to cause problems for their teeth.
- Dark chocolate. If you are sticking to the traditional chocolate hearts for Valentine’s Day, choose dark chocolate. Not only does it contain some great nutrients and antioxidants, but it’s also less sugary than milk or white chocolate.
- Soft candies. Although sticky lollipops, hard conversation hearts, and chewy taffy are popular choices during February, they could easily damage your teeth. Instead, choose softer candy that is less likely to crack your enamel or damage dental work, like peanut butter cups or peppermint patties.
Have a Good Relationship with Your Dentist
The best way to pamper your teeth this time of year is to get a dental checkup. Your dentist can give your teeth a spa-like deep cleaning to clear out all those leftover sugars and bacteria, and an examination will give you a chance to treat any little problems before they become bigger issues. Seeing your dentist every six months is a great way to keep your pearly whites sparkling and healthy all year long. Follow these simple tips to show your teeth some love this Valentine’s Day!
About the Author
At Maple Grove Family Dental, you’ll enjoy a relaxing environment, delightful patient amenities, and the newest dental technology to get the excellent oral healthcare you deserve. To Dr. Melanie White, you’re more than just a set of teeth and gums. She makes a dedicated effort to get to know you in order to understand your personal dental care goals, concerns, and questions. She’d be happy to help you fall in love with your smile, so feel free to contact her at her website or (608) 882-4860.