February 14, 2020
You’re likely looking for something to do with your special someone this Valentine’s Day, but did you ever stop to think about how your smile could use some love as well? After all, Valentine’s Day is full of gifts that can be quite damaging, including fancy chocolates. If you want your smile to look truly radiant and your breath to be fresh and clean, not filled with decay, here are a few tips from Dr. Caballeros on what you should consider before your romantic outing!
Nailing the Basics Before Your Date
Whether you’ve just had a healthy meal or you’ve indulged in some Valentine’s Day chocolates from your significant other, make sure to brush and floss afterwards. This includes brushing for at least two minutes at a time with fluoridated toothpaste. If you have braces, brush around the brackets as closely as possible. Make sure not to snap the floss while using it. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well as this can reduce bad breath!
It also helps to drink water often as this can work to wash away loose food debris stuck in between your teeth. If you want to do your oral health favors while you eat, have foods that are high in alkaline as they can keep teeth strong. High-alkaline foods include fruits, vegetables, soybeans, tofu and certain nuts, seeds and legumes.
When You Indulge, Do So Safely!
If you do indulge in chocolate, try to enjoy solid chocolate over more chewy or sticky ones that tend to have a very sugary center. If you enjoy dark chocolate, opt for that instead as it contains less sugar than milk chocolate. Anything that melts in your mouth quickly is sure to be a better option.
We also advise against eating hard candies, which can remain in the mouth for longer periods of time, bathing your teeth in sugar. Sour candies can also be very acidic and should be avoided at all costs.
Commit to Routine Dental Checkups and Cleanings
One of the best things you can do to show your teeth some love is take them out on a date to the dentist! Dr. Caballeros can examine the many surfaces of your enamel and ensure that your oral care routine is doing enough to protect yourself from plaque and tartar. Additionally, routine visits include a dental cleaning, which removes harmful bacteria, plaque and tartar from the areas that might be hard to reach or often missed. While at-home oral hygiene is crucial, dental visits give you the peace of mind needed to confirm no problems are present.
Ready to show your teeth some love this Valentine’s Day? Consider scheduling an appointment after you get home from your lovely date!
About On Point Dentistry
Dr. Marco Caballeros and Dr. Carlos Parra are happy to provide incredibly detailed exams and cleanings designed to protect teeth from plaque and tartar. Regardless of the holiday, they’ll walk you through the necessary steps to keep teeth healthy between visits as well as recommend treatments they believe will best protect your oral health. To schedule an appointment with their office, you can contact them through their website.
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