As we all know, the mouth is one of the most vital parts of the human body. It allows us to breathe, eat, communicate, and, on Valentine’s Day, kiss! This Valentine’s Day, you can make sure it’s a memorable one by showing off your nice, healthy grin and great breath. At Western Clinic Dental we’d like to share a couple of tips and tricks to prepare your mouth and teeth for a special Valentine’s Day!
Smiling Your Way Through Valentine’s Day
So, here are some things to consider, before and during Valentine’s Day:
Keep your mouth hydrated. Bad breath can instantly ruin a romantic mood. One of the leading causes of bad breath is dry mouth. This is one reason your breath rarely smells great when you wake up. While a little saliva can get the job done, a little water can do wonders as well, and chewing gum can also stimulate saliva production.
The other great thing about hydration is that it keeps your lips supple and attractive – Drink water for increased kissability!
Wear lipstick. You may be asking, “What?” But if you wear makeup, dark lipstick can make your teeth look even whiter and brighter. It’s not a permanent solution, but it will work for one night.
Clean your tongue too! Speaking of bad breath, make sure to keep your tongue clean on a daily basis. Your tongue can collect foul-smelling bacteria, so be sure to clean it.
Brush correctly. Believe it or not, many of us don’t know how to brush properly. Each brushing session should be no more than two minutes and you should be brushing around the gum lines as well as your teeth.
Brighten your teeth. Bright teeth are a well-known romantic advantage. If you need a quick brightening, there are several at-home approaches, but we suggest you visit Western Clinic Dental for a whitening treatment.
A ‘Heart To Heart’ On Dental And Heart Health.
Valentine’s Day is all about having heart – and everyone wants a healthy one. But people with gum disease have about twice the risk of developing heart disease as people without it according to Associate Professor Michael Skilton, a cardiovascular health expert at the University of Sydney.
There are two ways doctors think gum disease could cause heart disease.
First, when your gums are inflamed inflammatory molecules that cause redness and swelling can escape into body. These then create artery inflammation, playing a role in the further development of fatty deposits lining artery walls.
Bacteria that cause gum disease can also enter the bloodstream whenever your gums bleed. That type of bacteria is thought to promote fatty plaques that can get into the arteries around your heart and help cause heart disease.
So, protect your heart by protecting your mouth!
Candy Is Dandy, But….
Candy is one of the most popular gifts to give on Valentine’s Day. In fact, this time of year, candy containers tend to be heart shaped. But candy can be very destructive to dental health, so keep a few things in mind.
Not all candies are equal. Some sweets and candies are worse for your teeth than others. Lollipops, caramels, and taffy stay in your mouth for longer, exposing your teeth to more sugar residue. If you have braces or aligners, the problem is magnified. Hard candies can chip or crack your teeth, particularly if your teeth are already weak.
Choose dark chocolate, which is a source of antioxidants that can aid in preventing plaque and cavity development. Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa, but beware of chocolates that have sugar and oil as their first two ingredients.
Finally, exercise portion control and your overall and oral health will benefit.
Prepare For Next Valentine’s Day, Now!
To achieve a movie-star smile, great breath, and an improved romantic life by next Valentine’s Day, book an appointment with Western Clinic Dental. Together we’ll build a roadmap to a better dental future. Consider our take-home teeth-whitening, which can increase the whiteness of your teeth up to 4-5 shades in one week. Schedule a checkup and clean to deal with bad breath. Consider a complete dental makeover – a complete and coordinated treatment to upgrade your appearance and dental health while saving you from needless expense.
The Western Clinic Way of Dental Health
Western Clinic Dental is the right choice for dental care in the Torrensville area. We offer comprehensive general and restorative dental treatments, personalised dental services, and reasonably-priced dental treatments. These treatments are performed in our modern dental surgery using cutting-edge equipment and treatment methodologies!
Our offices are near the corner of South and Henley roads in Torrensville. Western Clinic Dental offers Saturday hours, is adjacent to public transportation, and has same-day appointments in case of emergency.
Call 0412 071 074 or visit us at Level 1/152 to 154 Henley Beach Road in Torrensville.