The season of love is just around the corner and we all want to look our best for that romantic evening out – or in! But it’s not just about red lipstick and high heels – poor oral health can be a real passion killer, so here are our top tips to keep your breath sweet and your pearly whites just that this Valentine’s Day.
Swap the claret for champagne
Red wine may be a romantic accompaniment to a Valentine’s meal, but it can cause permanent staining to the teeth if you drink it too often, not to mention the obvious staining to the teeth and tongue at the time of drinking – not really anyone’s most seductive look! Of course, all dentists would advise that you avoid alcohol entirely, as the sugars in it will stick to the teeth and cause tooth decay, but if abstention is unrealistic, then the team here at CK Dental in Bristol recommends that you stick to a small amount of sparkling white wine and follow it with a glass of water, to help wash away the sugars and avoid a hangover.
Say it with flowers
If you can, steer clear of sweet treats all together, and give your loved one a beautiful bouquet of flowers this Valentine’s Day. If you can’t manage that…
Stick with high quality chocolates
Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day is a time when chocolates and sweets are abundant, and it’s difficult to avoid temptation. If you must indulge, however, dental surgeon Cornelius Krause, of CK Dental in Bristol, recommends that you stick to high quality chocolate, with a cocoa content of 50% or above, as these will contain less sugar than cheaper versions.
Brush, brush, brush!
Above all – and as on any other day of the year – the most important thing, no matter what you eat or drink, is to brush your teeth thoroughly, twice a day. If you have eaten a few sugar-heavy items, then give your teeth an extra brush, about half an hour after eating.