Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and for those who have a sweetheart, you’ll want to be sure that you’re ready for it. Buying, or making, a valentine for your loved one(s) is a great place to start, as is stocking up on chocolates and teddy bears. But don’t forget to get your kisser ready too! Here are several facts and tips, from the experts at Mouthhealthy.org, to keep in mind during this season of love.
Cavities are Contagious
Did you know that you can spread the cavity-causing bacteria by kissing, or even just sharing a fork? To help keep this bacteria at bay, be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth with floss at least once a day.
Brushing and flossing are also important in fighting halitosis, or bad breath. Other ways to keep your mouth fresh include over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or sugarless gum. Both help freshen your breath immediately while stimulating saliva flow, which helps wash away the bacteria that contributes to bad breath.
Share Everything, Except Your Toothbrush
While it’s a great idea to share just about everything with your loved one (laughter, dreams, Netflix password, etc), your toothbrush should never be included in this. Sharing toothbrushes means sharing germs. Not good.
What White Teeth You Have
Nothing is more attractive than a bright, white, confident smile. Talk to your dentist about the best option for you. You may choose to have a treatment done in office, or perhaps take-home trays are right for you. There are also a number of over-the-counter products to choose from, although they usually don’t work as effectively as the professional options.
Say NO to Smoke
Smoking is not only bad for your breath and discolors your teeth, it’s also terrible for your overall health. It affects how well you smell and taste. People who use tobacco are twice as likely to get gum disease and are more at risk for oral cancer. There’s nothing to love about smoking.
Keep a Strong Relationship with Your Dentist
Regular visits to your dentist can help keep your mouth in kissable condition all year long. Not only can they help keep your mouth fresh and clean, they will also be able to identify any problems early on, giving you the best chance at effectively treating (or even preventing) most issues.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Miami Dental Sedation Spa! We LOVE all of our patients and wish nothing but health and happiness for you, today and always!