Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is NEXT WEEK?
Kissing your Valentine stimulates saliva, which can help fight cavities. However, if your Valentine has poor dental and overall health, there’s a chance of you receiving unwanted germs.
Here’s what you need to know about making your kiss worth it on February 14th!
- Cavities can be contagious. Brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth once a day.
- Bacteria is a big reason for bad breath. Your Valentine doesn’t want to kiss you if you have bad breath. Stay fresh by brushing and flossing. Use mouthwash and chew sugarless gum if you don’t have time to brush.
- Don’t share a toothbrush because you share germs that way.
- Brighten your smile with an over-the-counter whitening product.
- Smoking is bad for your breath and stains your teeth, so don’t do it! Give your Valentine the greatest gift of all by telling them you quit smoking.
Even after Valentine’s Day, don’t let bad breath ruin a kiss from your sweetheart.
- If you wear dentures, remove them at night and clean them.
- Drink plenty of water and swish around cool water in your mouth. This is helpful to freshen up your “morning breath.”
- Brush after every meal and floss, preferably twice a day.
- Replace your toothbrush every two to three months (and when you’re sick).
- Arrange regular dental checkups/cleanings.
- Scrape your tongue each morning with a tongue scraper or spoon to get rid of dead cells that cause odor.
- Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind for a mouth-freshening burst of flavor.
- Try a 30-second mouthwash rinse that is alcohol-free.
Your dentist can help keep you healthy not just for Valentine’s Day, but all year round.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!