In 2014, Australians spent some 90.9 million dollars on Valentine’s Day chocolate and confections.
Each year, Australians consume nearly 6 kilograms of chocolate. But candy and chocolate are not good for your dental health.
And bad dental health can affect the other gift that many people give their loved ones on Valentine’s Day – kisses!
And kisses can be good for you, as they stimulate saliva production and help keep your teeth clean.
No one wants to kiss an unattractive mouth that has dingy teeth.
This is why Main Beach Dental is happy to pass along the following advice for Valentine’s Day Dental Health.
Valentine’s Day Tips and Tricks
Avoid bad breath. The leading cause for bad breath is found in our gums, teeth, and tongue through any resting bacteria.
So, brush your teeth and gums twice a day, preferably right after a meal. Make sure to floss once a day as well.
While it is tempting to drink wine and have a smoke or two, don’t! Not only will you smell better, but you’ll also avoid permanently staining your teeth.
Treat yourself by scheduling a dental cleaning – seeing a dentist two times each year is highly recommended.
If you ever plan to eat Valentine’s candy, remember that green vegetables are healthy for your body and also counteract many of the acids found in snacks.
Drinking water is equally effective, washing away unwanted bacteria.
Consider Teeth Whitening
When it comes to tooth whitening there are really only two categories: In-office or at-home whitening. Generally speaking, in-office whitening is quicker and more effective.
In-office teeth whitening – Teeth whitening done by your dentist can get your teeth brighter faster. The bleaching solution is usually much stronger than at-home kits.
Sometimes, heat, light or a combination of the two may be used to speed and intensify the whitening process.
As far as results, patients usually can expect their teeth to get three to eight shades brighter. It also offers instant gratification as the procedure can be done in a single two-hour appointment.
At-home teeth whitening options – With take-home whitening, a mouthguard-like tray is taken home, filled with a “bleaching” agent, and placed over the teeth for one to several hours a day for anywhere between two to four weeks.
You can buy tray-based teeth whitening systems over-the-counter or have one custom-fitted by your dentist.
Other home remedies include tooth whitening strips and toothpaste, but they are not as effective or safe as dentist-directed teeth whitening.
Here’s a short video “Tips for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Smile from your Main Beach Dentist”:
Dental Care at Main Beach Dental
Main Beach Dental has your health as our number one priority, and we support it by optimising your dental health.
Our team is excellently trained registered dentists with impressive clinical skills who work together to provide you with comprehensive dental services.
We provide gentle, skilled, thorough care for all dental issues and work to prevent decay, disease, and too many dental appointments down the road.
Main Beach Dental takes advantage of modern dental technology. For anything that requires X-ray, we use Digital X-rays which use lower levels of radiation.
Using this latest dental technology, we can produce a sharper image so we can get a clearer picture of your dental situation.
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