Here’s how to nail that Valentine’s Day kiss – Yokine Dentist
In the words of one of the musical greats, a kiss is probably on your list this Valentine’s Day. Before cuddling up with your date this year, make sure your mouth is in good health because a kiss is more than just a kiss. And we don’t mean in the sentimental way.
Sure, kissing stimulates saliva which can help fight cavities. But if the person you’re kissing has poor dental health, you can run the risk of getting unwanted germs on top of all that candy, flowers and cards.
Here’s a few tips from a Yokine dentist to know about making your smile perfectly kissable in time for Valentine’s Day.
Cavities Can Be Contagious
Whether it’s through sharing a drink or kissing a loved one, cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from person-to-person in the same way many other bacterial infections are passed on. Studies have shown that “catching a cavity” is not only possible, but it happens way more often than you think. To reduce the risk of transmitting these bacteria to others, you should floss and brush frequently, and be mindful of shared drinks and eating utensils.
Beware Bad Breath
Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath, so sticking with healthy dental habits (like brushing and flossing) is so important, especially in those days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Other ways to stay fresh are over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes, breath mints or chewing sugarless gum. All of these can freshen your mouth instantly and get saliva flowing, which will help wash away bits of food debris and stale breath.
Avoid sharing your toothbrush
For many couples, a common trend is to keep a toothbrush at each other’s place. We would recommend that you each have your own because sharing toothbrushes also means sharing germs. It may seem strange to share a toothbrush, but it actually happens more often than you would think.
Brighten Your Smile
Your smile is one of the features that people take notice of straight away, and nothing is more attractive than a bright, confident one. If whitening makes you feel better about yours, talk to our dentists about which option is best for you. There are a number of over-the-counter whitening products, convenient take-home kits, or you could get a quick and easy in-office whitening treatment at one of our many dental practices.
Smoking Isn’t Attractive
Smoking is bad for your breath and stains your teeth, and is generally terrible for your overall health. Smoking affects your ability to smell and taste, not to mention the way you smell to others. People who use tobacco are twice as likely to get gum disease and chronic bad breath as someone who avoids smoking. Smokers also have a higher risk of getting oral cancer. Give yourself and your partner a gift this Valentine’s Day, and take those first steps on the road to quitting cigarettes for good.
Don’t Forget About the Dentist!
A healthy dental routine includes visits to the dentist at least twice a year. At Clear Choice Dental, we can help keep your mouth at its best all year long by keeping you updated on how to keep your smile healthy and clean.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how expensive your flower bouquet was or how posh the restaurant is, if you haven’t got clean teeth the chances are your date/partner won’t be impressed. If you are interested in permanent whitening options for your teeth, or if you would like to know other ways to improve your smile, visit one of our practices for more information.
Happy Valentine’s day from all of us at Clear Choice Dental!
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