Valentine’s Day* is this month. The ever-present tiny candy hearts we see this month have “Kiss Me” printed on them. You’re more likely to exchange chocolate “Kisses” with someone this month. Make sure your mouth is in good health because, as it turns out, a kiss is more than just a kiss.
The GOOD news is that kissing stimulates saliva, which can help fight cavities. However, the BAD news is that you may run the risk of getting unwanted germs, illnesses or diseases instead of candy, flowers or cards this Valentine’s Day.
Here’s what you need to know…
Cavities Can Be Contagious
Kissing (like sharing a fork) can spread bacteria that causes cavities. Brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth once a day for cleaner kisses and a cavity-free smile.
Beware Bad Breath
Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath, so regular habits like brushing and flossing are especially important. Over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or chewing sugarless gum can freshen your breath instantly – especially after that romantic dinner.
Share a Life (But Not a Toothbrush)
For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure you each have your own because sharing toothbrushes also means sharing germs.
Brighten Your Smile
Nothing is more attractive than a confident smile. If whitening makes you feel better about yours, talk to us about which option is best and/or to schedule an in-office treatment.
Smoking Isn’t Attractive
Smoking is bad for your breath and stains your teeth. Smoking affects how well you smell and taste. Smokers are twice as likely to get gum disease as someone who doesn’t. Smokers are also more at risk for oral cancer. Give yourself a gift this Valentine’s Day and quit today.
Don’t Forget About your Dentist!
A good relationship with and regular visits Grandville Dental can help keep your mouth at its best all year long. We can help keep you healthy, discuss any concerns, give more advice on keeping your smile fresh AND even help you get rid of all that chocolate.
* February also has President’s Day, Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, and Hoodie Hoo Day – but candy isn’t usually as prevalent on those days.