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How Can I Keep My Teeth Healthy During Valentine’s Day?

February 20, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — bearcreekfamily @ 10:12 pm
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Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to let your special someone know how much you care, but it usually involves a lot of sweets that can do some dental damage if you’re not careful. Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can employ to protect your teeth during this most romantic day in February. Here’s a brief list of a few tips for enjoying your Valentine’s Day candy without harming your teeth!

Don’t Stop Brushing

Practicing excellent oral hygiene at home is your first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease, and skipping your dental care routine is an especially terrible idea if you’ve been eating candy all day. Candy is rich in the sugar that the harmful bacteria in your mouth need to multiply rapidly so they can cause nasty oral infections. If you’re indulging in candy on Valentine’s Day, be sure to give your teeth a thorough brushing at least thirty minutes after you finish eating. Finish the job with a good flossing to keep your teeth in great shape!

Chocolate Is Your Friend

Hard and chewy candies can easily get stuck in the pits of your teeth and the spaces between them. Once there, they can be difficult to remove, and they will feed the oral bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. Thankfully, chocolate is a tried-and-true Valentine’s Day favorite that is easy to wash away from your teeth. Dark chocolate is best because it is naturally low in sugar, and some varieties even contain nutritious nuts.

Drink Generous Amounts of Water

Drinking plenty of water is a great way to help your teeth stay clean if you’ve been eating candy. Water will keep you hydrated so that your body can produce plenty of saliva, which helps wash the mouth clean while keeping the teeth lubricated. If you’re planning on enjoying some nice red wine at dinner, drinking some water on the side can help wash the acid and pigments it contains away from your teeth, preventing stains and decay.

A healthy and beautiful smile can be an incredibly attractive thing. If you take care to watch out for your teeth over Valentine’s Day, your significant other will be able to enjoy your gorgeous grin next year.

About the Practice

Bear Creek Family Dentistry provides outstanding dental healthcare services to the community of Mesquite, TX. Led by a dedicated team of general dentists and specialists, the staff tends to each patient’s needs with compassion and stellar customer service. Areas of expertise include general emergency dentistry for adults and kids in addition to orthodontic treatments. For more tips on keeping your teeth in great shape during Valentine’s Day, contact the office online or dial (972) 331-5300.

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