Valentine’s Day is a sweet day, but it may be too sweet for your teeth! As we have mentioned before, everybody’s mouth is filled with bacteria called streptococcus. This bacteria occurs naturally, and it feeds on sugar. Streptococcus breaks sugar down into acids that erode your enamel. When you eat Valentine’s Day sweets like chocolate covered cherries and candy hearts, you are giving the streptococcus too much sugar, making your tooth enamel erosion a very bad problem!
Of course, the best way to avoid these sugary candies is to opt for other Valentine’s Day gifts. Flowers, cards, and balloons may not be very tasty, but buying them will not harm your dental care! Some flowers like a bouquet of roses may be on the expensive side, but you know what is more expensive? Costly dental care to fix the damage sugary candies cause!
However, you may be one of those people who must have a sugary treat for Valentine’s Day. That is okay too! Just remember to go for sugar-free candies, or those with small amounts of sugar. Do not neglect your typical dental habits during this time, like regular flossing and brushing. Follow these steps, and Valentine’s Day will be a sweet day for your dental care!