Kissing is a normal thing among lovers during Valentine’s day. It’s a sign of love and proof of intimacy that can make any relationship resilient. Hugs are also important, especially when paired with loving kisses. But before you kiss your partner this Valentine’s day, make sure that your mouth has excellent dental health. After all, a kiss carries more than just the intention of love and passion.

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

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

Consistent Brushing & Flossing

Practically, 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 consistent brushing and flossing. These are important dental care rules that everyone should commit to. Unfortunately, many people forget about these rules, neglecting their overall dental hygiene. Don’t be like them!

Careless brushing can only remove a minimal portion of bacteria. You need to do it for at least 3 minutes in a gentle yet thorough manner. Flossing, on the other hand, requires a gentle yet accurate technique in removing plaque. To save time, you can use water irrigators instead.

No More Bad Breath Today

Bacteria are responsible for bad breath and gum irritation – this is why brushing and flossing act as stoppers of bacterial growth. But sometimes, bacteria can push on and compromise your oral health. You should improve your brushing and flossing activities through the use of commercial mouthwash. Nowadays, it’s easy to buy mouthwash but you mustn’t be complacent! Use it with discretion, at least once per day. Otherwise, too much mouthwash can lead to dryness and gum infection. Natural DIY and herbal mouthwashes are also great alternatives.

Pearly White Smile For You

Nothing is prettier than a pearly white smile that radiates confidence. If teeth whitening makes you feel better and totally confident, talk to your dentist as soon as you can.  There is a myriad 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 plan so that you can minimize costs. Not all clinics have the same dental plan policies, so pick the one that matches your needs. Visit dental clinic websites so you can save time. 

Smoking Damages Your Oral Health

Without a doubt, smoking is bad for your breath and it can also cause teeth discoloration. Additionally, it will shatter your health and cause multiple diseases in the long run. Bear 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. And you shouldn’t just stop at Valentine’s Day! Every day, you must be dedicated to fighting the urge to smoke cigarettes.

The Importance of Dental Care Checkups

It’s important to maintain a solid relationship with your dentist. Upon doing so, you can keep your teeth healthy and prevent numerous oral diseases for many years. But of course, you shouldn’t forget about common dental hygiene practices and proper nutrition. 

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