Everyone loves chocolates and conversation hearts associated with Valentine’s Day, but unfortunately, these snacks can wreak havoc on an otherwise healthy smile. With the help of the team at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry, you can find ways to enjoy this candy with less impact on your teeth and gums.
How To Prevent Cavities From Valentine’s Day Candies
- Avoid sticky and hard candies. This includes toffee treats, suckers, and other treats that are made with refined sugars that stay on the surfaces of the teeth longer than other candy and can make it difficult to keep the teeth clean. Additionally, chewing on these harder candies can increase one’s risk of breaking or damaging teeth and dental restorations such as veneers or crowns.
- Plan the best time to enjoy a treat. Candy does not have to be off-limits for yourself or your children during Valentine’s Day. Make a plan to enjoy one or two pieces of candy after a meal, after which brushing and flossing will occur. This lessens the risk of cavities.
- Avoid unscheduled snacking. On the same note, avoid snacking throughout the day on Valentine’s Day candy, as this can leave chocolate and sugars on the surfaces of the teeth longer, which can contribute to dental health issues. Keep candy put away if you feel yourself tempted to grab a piece of candy every time you pass through your kitchen!
- Maintain your oral health and wellness. Now is not the time to skimp on brushing and flossing after every meal! The best way to ensure a healthy smile and enjoyment of Valentine’s Day candies is to brush and floss after your snack. Additionally, patients who see their dentist regularly can also reduce the risk of candies and other foods and beverages causing cavities and disease.
Who Do I Call for a Dental Evaluation and Cleaning?
If you reside in the Mesa, AZ community and want to speak to Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro, about your oral health needs and concerns call 480-834-6991 today! Our dental team has decades of experience in providing general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions for new and returning patients and families, educating all ages on caring for the smile.