Oral Health on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate and show love. These emotions are often shown with various candies and chocolates. Research shows that nearly half of all gifts exchanged on this day consist of some type of candy. In the United States, people will spend roughly $1.6 billion dollars on sweets. However, sweets are not good for your teeth and can cause problems within your mouth.

The bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more harm the bacteria can do to your teeth, often leading to cavities. Cavities do a lot more damage than you’d like to acknowledge such as harming the inner layers and your teeth’s enamel. Now, we’re not saying to cut out all sugar consumption. Limit what you take in and try to stay away from these candies:

  • Lollipops
  • Toffee
  • Taffy
  • Hard candies

Healthy substitutes to candy are:

  • A fruit basket
  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Sugar-free gum

Finally, don’t forget these musts:

  • It is best to brush your teeth after every meal but a minimum of twice a day is recommended.
  • Don’t forget to floss. Flossing is just as important as brushing.
  • Eat a nutritious foods including fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water can help flush away food particles and surgars in your mouth.
  • Lastly don’t forget to visit to your Salt Lake City Dentists. We can discuss with you more on being orally healthy.

Foothill Dental has been serving the greater area of Salt Lake City, Park City, Sandy, and Draper for more than 30 years. We provide different dental services such as cosmetic dentistry and preventative dentistry. For more information on how Valentine’s Day can impact your oral health, please call (801) 582-5787 or Contact us for an appointment.