5 Valentine’s Day Dental Tips

Dental health is the last thing we want our Peoria patients to worry about on Valentine’s Day! If you’re spending February 14th with a special someone, you deserve to focus on romance—without stressing about a dull smile or bad breath!

Here are 5 Valentine’s Day dental tips to keep your mouth kissable.

1. A Valentine’s Day dental tip perfect for special occasions: time your brushing for 2 minutes.

You already know that proper brushing is critical for a healthy smile. Still, most patients don’t brush for as long as they need. To fix that, we recommend timing each teeth brushing for at least 2 minutes, twice a day. You’d be amazed at how long 2 minutes really is!

2. Don’t share your fork.

It can be tempting to feed your sweetie at your Valentine’s Day dinner. But to protect your dental health, don’t share forks. Sharing forks spreads bacteria that accumulates in the mouth and in food, which can damage your smile. If you want to share a meal with someone, use your own utensils.   

3. A Valentine’s Day dental tip to prevent spreading disease: don’t share your toothbrush.

Toothbrushes trap germs, especially if they’re not changed every 2-3 months. Sharing your toothbrush with your partner increases the amount of bacteria on your toothbrush, making you and your honey more prone to disease. Keep your own travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss (or several!) handy to protect your smile.

4.  Keep ADA-approved breath fresheners handy.

No one wants to ruin a romantic moment with bad breath! The Valentine’s day dental health tip you can’t do without is using ADA-approved mouthwash and gum, like TheraBreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse and Trident Sugarfree Gum. Gargle before your date and after meals when possible. And, keep sugarfree gum in your pocket or purse.

5. See your dentist regularly.

No matter how well you take care of your smile, regular checkups are a must! Not only do they keep your smile looking great; but they also help detect and prevent disease that can harm your dental health. We understand that it can be tricky to squeeze in regular visits, so give us a call today to schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you.

These 5 Valentine’s Day dental tips will keep you feeling confident. If you need more help getting your smile ready for romance, connect with us today.