It’s Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air, there’s a blizzard of Valentine cards and you’re knee deep in chocolate hearts. Valentine’s Day produces some of the highest annual revenues in the candy market (behind Easter, Halloween, and Christmas) and the numbers have been steadily rising year on year. And if you’ve indulged in the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas back-to-back candyfest, then your teeth might have taken a pounding. You won’t be surprised that it’s around now when visits to dentists increase as well as the rate of tooth decay.
So here’s how to love your teeth this Valentine’s season:
- Don’t eat so much candy
- Practice good dental hygiene
- Go visit the dentist.
But how about your kids? While it’s next to impossible to eliminate sweets for your child this Valentine’s day, there are a few tricks that can help. You can’t influence what other parents bring to functions, but you can do your part to cut back on sugar (because we all know that it’s sugar that the acid-producing bacteria in your mouth love, right?). Providing naturally-sweet fruit salad or small gifts instead of the generic sugar-loaded chocolate hearts or heart-shaped cookies can be an easy way to offer a healthier alternative at parties. This can also be a good time for you to cook healthy at home and cut back on the dessert (they’ll get enough of that stuff at school).
And make sure that your children are pumped about their dental health. While this is always easier said than done, making sure that your children are brushing regularly (and right) can do you some good this time of year while also avoiding pain in the future. Scheduling a dentist appointment around this time is a great idea – make sure to do it early before all the appointments are taken!
Sweets are avoidable during this time of year but there are lots of little things you can do to limit how the festivities will impact your children’s health. When Cupid strikes this February, make sure it’s all about lovin’ those teeth.