Valentine’s Day is a holiday that can fill our office with unease. It’s not that we’re not romantic, it’s that we’re all too aware of the effects of increased amounts of candy and sweets on your pearly whites. While you’re busy celebrating that special someone in your life, the bacteria in your mouth are celebrating by breaking down the sugar you eat into cavity-causing acid!
Don’t let the potential for cavities derail your plans, however. Plenty of teeth-healthy alternative treat options exist. Dr. Lee and our team have rounded up our top three to help you acknowledge your loved ones without damaging your teeth.
1. Dark Chocolate
Not all chocolate is created equal. For a healthier option, reach for dark chocolate: it contains less sugar than other varieties. As an added bonus, dark chocolate is full of healthy antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. When enjoyed in moderation, it’s a delicious sweet option that’s better for your teeth.
2. Fresh Fruit
This Valentine’s Day, forego the candy hearts for some fresh fruit. Strawberries are always a popular option, or you could mix it up with other types of tasty fruit. Fresh fruit has less sugar than candy and contains beneficial fiber and other nutrients.
Nuts are a simple snack that delivers major health benefits. They’re chock full of protein, vitamins, and minerals that are necessary for strong, healthy teeth. Peanuts, cashews, and walnuts are all great options that pack tons of oral health benefits.
Don’t Forget Good Oral Hygiene
While it’s fine to enjoy the occasional sweet treat, over indulging in sugary snacks can lead to oral health complications. To reduce your risk, sip some water after eating something sweet to wash away any leftover residue. More importantly, don’t forget to practice your good oral hygiene habits: brush twice each day for two minutes each time and floss once every day. To ask our team any questions about caring for your teeth, call our Spanaway office today!