February marks the beginning of our celebratory holidays where we embrace each other and exchange cards, gifts, and chocolate. This year, Americans will spend a total of $1.7 billion on candy for Valentine’s Day. That’s bad news for your teeth. You don’t have to omit candy and chocolate from your diet completely on this day, but you should limit yourself to the amount you consume.
There are some benefits to eating chocolate, but unfortunately, they don’t extend to your teeth. Sugars found in chocolate have a high level of calories, create a high level of plaque to stick on your teeth, and causes the enamel to erode. Also, like coffee and dark sodas, dark chocolate can stain your teeth. On the plus side, dark chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants that prevent the growth of certain bacteria, though bacteria can still develop in your mouth with candy consumption, which can lead to other long term effects on your body and smile. The bottom line is simply to moderate and monitor your intake of chocolate this February.
On this Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to impress your valentine than by having a great smile. So, remember to take good care of your teeth: brush at least three times daily and after every meal. And, if you do indulge in chocolate or other sweets, be sure to floss and rinse afterwards.
Care for your mouth this Valentine’s Day in the way you care for your loved ones. If you haven’t visited our office in a while, make an appointment for a routine check-up. Your teeth will love you for it! Call us now at (512) 605-0860.