Valentine’s Day is the time of year when we all want to show our partners or those whom we admire from afar the truth about our passion. Champagne and chocolates may be good for the soul, but what about your teeth? Here are our tips for giving your teeth a little love this Valentine’s Day.
Dark chocolate contains less sugar and more cocoa than milk chocolate and white chocolate. There are compounds in the cocoa bean husk that have anti-bacterial properties that have been shown to harden tooth enamel. Chocolates that are 90% cocoa are available, but if the object of your affections has a sweet tooth, they may be in for a shock when they take a bite!
Champagne and wallet-friendlier sparkling wines such as Cava and Prosecco can be quite acidic. If you are going to indulge, then our hygienists recommend getting into the good habit of taking a sip of water afterwards. Water has a neutral pH and will wash some of the acid away from your teeth. Wait at least thirty minutes before brushing your teeth – as abrasive brushing can worsen the effects of acid erosion.
Sugar Free Gum
The last thing that you want to worry about on Valentine’s Day is halitosis! Chewing gum keeps your breath minty fresh. Chewing sugar-free gum also fights tooth decay by neutralising the acids produced by the bacteria that live in plaque.
Strawberries are a delicious, healthy and naturally rich in Vitamin C – which is important for healthy gums! They also contain malic acid which is a natural tooth whitener. Just remember to floss your teeth after eating strawberries to remove any seeds that may get stuck between your teeth!
At Glow Dentistry, we want you to love your teeth all year round, not just on Valentine’s Day! If you would like to know more about any of our tooth whitening or straightening procedures, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call our flagship Hampstead clinic on 020 7433 3252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.