On Valentine’s Day we remind our patients to be extra careful when choosing their treats. As tempting as it may be to indulge in something rich and sweet, remember that sticky, sugary treats like chocolate are really bad for your teeth. Nevertheless, you can still have a few treats, as long as, you know the right tricks.
No matter how you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day, remember that it is okay to indulge, but keep your dental health in mind by scheduling your dental checkup at Dr. Ruth Rojas.
The Right Sweets
Solid chocolate (the ones without chewy or sugary center) don’t tend to stick to your teeth, making them a better option for your oral health. In fact, dark chocolate is an even better option, as it contains less sugar than milk chocolate! Hard or gummy candies tend to be acidic to your teeth, causing the enamel that protects them to be worn down.
While bad breath can be a common symptom of a great meal, it’s probably not that appealing to the person you’re sharing it with. The No. 1 cause for bad breath is bacterial buildup, best way to combat is to floss 2 times daily and drink lots of water. This will keep your mouth moist. Chewing gum (preferably sugarless) or sucking on mint (preferably sugarless) also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria.
One good thing about eating chocolate is that your saliva is able to wash most of it off your teeth. But most is not all, and you will need to use a toothbrush and paste to ensure that all the cavity-causing sugar is off your teeth. Make it a point to brush soon after eating chocolate, and if you can’t brush rinse your mouth out with water. Valentine’s Day is a great day to have fresh breath anyway. Don’t forget that your tongue carries bacteria too and needs to be brushed from the back to the front just as often!
Treat Your Teeth
Perhaps it’s time to think about restorative or cosmetic procedures for your teeth. Old fillings, crowns or bridges may need to be repaired or replaced. Your mouth goes through a lot from day-to-day chewing as well as drinking coffee or other acidic beverages. In addition, if you happen to grind or clench your teeth during the day or while you sleep, this can put a lot of stress on your teeth over the course of a day.
Healthy beautiful teeth for life can be yours with proper care both at home and with professional treatment. Remember all dental disease is preventable!! Contact our office (941-951-7711) to schedule an appointment.