In only a few short days, it’ll be time to put on your best outfit, and take your Valentine out for the year’s most celebrated date night of them all.
Our team at Carolina Bright Smiles in Hillsborough, NC has some last minute dental tips to share with you today so your smile stays healthy while Cupid’s pointing his arrow straight toward you and your special someone this year.
Beware The Spread Of Germs!
Since we’re talking about Valentine’s Day, we thought it made sense to start with the dental health tip most unique to this particular holiday.
It’s all about swapping bacteria and how that could interfere with your body’s natural defenses that protect your teeth and gums at all times.
You’ll likely be sitting across from your date for a romantic candlelit dinner. Chances are, you might share a friendly bite or two of your meal with each other and double dipping the spoon in the dessert special for couples.
Maybe you’re hoping for a goodnight kiss or two… or three… or four!
Make sure harmful bacteria isn’t being exchanged while you’re sharing the love on your special date night.
Keep your mouth free and clear of food particles and other debris by excusing yourself to the restroom for a quick floss! You can carry a plastic dental flosser in your pocket to get any food unstuck between your teeth, then give your mouth a quick rinse with water!
Certain Candy Doesn’t Love Your Smile!
It’s common to associate this holiday with candy hearts and boxes of assorted chocolates. But don’t be fooled by this token of love!
It might symbolize your Valentine’s affection for you, but it doesn’t mean the candy loves your teeth and gums!
Hard candy hearts can chip or crack your tooth enamel, not to mention leave sugary residue in your mouth for bacteria to eat.
Sticky substances you find in chocolate-covered caramel, marshmallow, and toffee are even worse for your smile because they’re all harder to clean from your teeth.
The best way to preserve your Valentine’s smile is to opt for non-food gifts like flowers and fragrances.
Pucker Up With A Fresh, Clean Mouth!
You knew with our first dental tip we’d be covering this one, too, right?
Kissing your sweetheart isn’t exclusive to Valentine’s Day, but it’s certainly relevant this time of year. We’ve mentioned the importance of keeping bacteria at bay.
Now, let’s talk about some ways to keep your breath fresh on date night:
-Choose a bacteria-fighting mouthwash to gargle each day.
-Make sure you scrub or scrape residue off your tongue during your brushing routine.
-Keep reapplying some scented or flavored chapstick to keep your lips soft.
-Carry sugarless gum or sugar-free breath mints so you’re ready to pucker up when the time is right!
Choose A Dentist You Trust!
No, we’re not inviting ourselves along on your Valentine’s rendezvous! We’re just reminding you how important it is to choose the right dental team to keep your mouth clean and healthy for all your date nights this year!
Good oral health starts with best practices at home, but your best oral health happens when you put professional dental care in our hands at Carolina Bright Smiles.
We have skilled hygienists who have the experience and tools to clean your mouth of plaque and tartar buildup.
And our own Dr. Garrett is the extensively-trained dentist who can spot early warning signs of oral health threats to keep you on the right track!
Call TODAY For An Appointment!
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires constant effort. So although we’ve dedicated today’s blog to Valentine’s Day, you should apply these tips to your ongoing daily commitment to good oral health.
The decisions you make each and every day will affect the state of your smile over the long run. So make sure the your decision about who to trust for your professional dental care is a good one!
Visiting Carolina Bright Smiles twice annually for dental cleanings and exams is the smart choice, not just during the season of love, but every season of the year!
Call our Hillsborough, NC dental office today at 919-644-7400 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.