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The “Best” & “Worst” Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Smile

February 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drheim @ 4:22 pm
Assortment of Valentine's Day treats on cutting board

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you’re a big fan of celebrating or think it’s nothing more than a Hallmark holiday, you may find yourself indulging in some chocolate and other sweet treats come the 14th. After all, what says “love” like sugar? While you certainly don’t have to refrain entirely for the sake of your oral health, it can be helpful to learn the “best” and “worst” treats for your smile. With this in mind, read on!

The “Best” Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Smile

Here are some delicious Valentine’s Day treats that won’t damage your teeth:

  • Dark chocolate – In addition to being full of antioxidants, dark chocolate is lower in added sugar, making it less likely to result in cavities when enjoyed in moderation.
  • Decadent cheese – Are you enjoying a gorgeous charcuterie board? Good news: cheese can help protect your teeth from decay!
  • Fresh fruit – Strawberries and apples are just a few fruits that deliver a sweet punch without the added sugar. Plus, you can spice them up with some dark chocolate or smooth peanut butter!
  • Sugar-free candy – Fortunately, sugar-free candy has come a long way over the last few years as the demand has grown. So, consider doing a taste test of different ones this Valentine’s Day!

The “Worst” Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Smile

While delicious, there are Valentine’s Day staples that aren’t the best for your oral health. The first is chewy and sticky candies. Gummy bears and sour straws are both perfect examples of popular treats that spell disaster for your teeth. The next are conversation hearts, which are packed with sugar and offer virtually no nutritional value. Lastly, lollipops. There are two problems with hard candies like these. If you suck on them, you continually expose your teeth and gums to sugar. If you bite too soon, then you can chip or crack a tooth.

Additional Ways to Maintain a Healthy Smile Around Valentine’s Day

Naturally, what you indulge in will impact your oral health. But that isn’t the only factor! Here are a few additional things to keep in mind during the season of love:

  • Drinking wine? Sip on water simultaneously to help prevent stains.
  • Haven’t visited your dentist in 6+ months? Schedule a checkup and cleaning to show your teeth some TLC!
  • Nervous before your date? Don’t engage in unhealthy habits, like nail-biting or smoking.
  • Got big plans? Make sure to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash before you go to bed.
  • Forgot your toothbrush? Chew on sugar-free gum to keep your breath fresh and your teeth healthy.

No matter how you’re spending Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to show your smile some love too!

About the Practice

Heim & Carroll DMD, LLC is a top-rated dental office in Glastonbury that offers a wide range of treatments, from routine preventive care to last-minute emergency dentistry. If it’s been more than six months since your last checkup and cleaning, then we would love to meet with you and ensure your smile is in tip-top shape both now and decades from now. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (860) 633-2031.

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