Did you know that the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868, more than 140 years ago? From everything furry and cuddly to rocks that outshine the twinkle in her, no one enjoys anything quite as much as that special gift of sweet, sultry desserts. With Valentine’s Day only just around the corner, we remind our patients to be extra careful when choosing their treats! As unrealistic as it is to recommend a candy-free Valentine’s Day to patients of all ages, it important to know that some treats are better than others. Show your teeth some sweet love too! Here are some Valentine’s Day Dental tips to maintain great dental health and a bright smile until your next visit in Murrieta!
- Hard candies, especially suckers, are popular on Valentine’s Day but basically give teeth a real thorough sugar bath.
- Although candies that are sticky, sweet and sour may hold a special place in our hearts, we must remember how dangerous they can be to our teeth and even braces too. These hard or gummy candies tend to be acidic to your teeth, causing the enamel that protects them to be worn down.
- When it comes to chocolate, choose a high quality brand that is preferably 50% or more cocoa as it is more pure and free of additives that can hurt your teeth.
- We definitely recommend much softer treats such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth doughs.
Love your teeth too:
- After you indulge, make sure to show your teeth some tender loving care. Brush and floss between the teeth, around the brackets, and at the gum line.
- Don’t forget that your tongue carries bacteria too and needs to be brushed from the back to the front just as often!
- Replenish your teeth with high alkaline foods such as vegetables that will keep them strong.
- Check in regularly with your dentist.