Dental Tips for a Healthy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate and show your love for someone special. These emotions are often shown with various candies and chocolates. Research shows that nearly half of all gifts exchanged on this day consist of some type of candy. In the United States, people will spend roughly $1.6 billion dollars on sweets. However, sweets are detrimental to your oral health and can cause various problems within your mouth.

The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar. The more sugar you consume, the more harm the bacteria can do to your teeth, often creating cavities. Cavities do a lot more damage than you’d like to acknowledge such as damaging the inner layers and enamel. Now, we’re not saying to disallow all sugar consumption. Limit what you take in and stay away from these candies that are sticky:

  • Lollipops
  • Toffee
  • Taffy
  • Hard candies

You might even want to try some alternatives to candy altogether like:

  • A fruit basket
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Sugar-free gum

In addition to taking these steps, never forget the essentials:

  • Ideally brush your teeth after every meal but a minimum of twice a day is recommended.
  • Don’t forget to floss either! Flossing is just as important as flossing. They go hand-in-hand.
  • Eat a nutritious meal including fruits and vegetables.
  • Drinking water can help flush away food particles and surgars in your mouth so be sure to stay hydrated.
  • Lastly don’t forget to pay a visit to your dentist. Your dentist can discuss with you more tips on maintaining a healthy mouth.

We have been serving the greater area of Little Falls, Cedar Grove, North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Totowa, Wayne, Woodland Park and Lincoln Park for many years. We are a comprehensive dental office that specializes in pediatric dentistry, cosmetic densitry and many more. For more information on dental and oral health, please call (973) 256-2222 or Contact us for an appointment.