Kissing is a common thing among lovers during Valentine’s day. It’s a sign of love and a bridge of intimacy that can make any relationship resilient. But before you kiss your partner this Valentine’s day, make sure that your mouth is in proper health. Always remember that a kiss is more than just a wet peck on the lips.

The moment you kiss your partner lovingly, saliva is stimulated. Just imagine if you or your partner has poor oral care habits! This can lead to the formation of unwanted germs – the breeding ground of potential illnesses and diseases. You don’t want that to happen.

Here are the important oral care habits for Valentine’s Day:

Brushing & Flossing

Bacteria can be transmitted through kissing or sharing utensils. You probably shared a spoon or fork with your lover during your past dates. It’s important that you don’t forget about brushing and flossing. These are important dental rules that everyone should commit to.

Mindless brushing can only remove a minimal portion of bacteria. You need to do it for at least 3 minutes. The same thing can be said for flossing.

No More Bad Breath

Bacteria are responsible for bad breath – this is why brushing and flossing act as stoppers of bacterial growth. But sometimes, bacteria can push on and cause hidden damage. You should top off your brushing and flossing activities through the use of mouthwash. Nowadays, it’s easy to buy mouthwash but you mustn’t rely on it all the time! Use it sparingly, at least once per day. Otherwise, too much mouthwash can lead to dryness and gum irritation. Natural DIY mouthwashes are also great alternatives.

Pearly White Smile For You

Nothing is more attractive than a pearly white smile that radiates confidence. If teeth whitening makes you feel better and 100% confident, talk to your dentist as soon as you can.  There are a number of over-the-counter teeth whitening products, or you could visit your dentist’s office for a quick treatment. Just make sure that the treatment is covered by a dental insurance plan so that you can minimize costs. Not all clinics have the same dental insurance policies, so pick the one that matches your needs. 

No More Smoking

Smoking is definitely bad for your breath and it can also cause teeth discoloration. On top of that, it will shatter your health and cause multiple diseases in the long run. Keep in mind that people who smoke are 2x more likely to get oral diseases and immune system problems. So, this Valentine’s Day, you should commit to being cigarette-free – aside from being faithful to your partner.

The Role of Dental Checkups

It’s important to build a solid relationship with your dentist. By doing so, you can keep your teeth healthy and prevent numerous oral diseases over the years. You can even ask your dentist for further oral care advice. 

Here at Sherwood Dental, we want you to have a heart-melting smile this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Contact us today for a dental consultation or appointment!