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Have you thought about that special someone today? Did you buy them a large box of chocolates? If you did what most people did, you likely bought dark chocolates, white chocolates, and every type of candy under the sun! Valentine’s Day candy today can bring cavities tomorrow!

To keep cavities away and protect your special loved one’s smile this Valentine’s Day, Dr. Babik recommends taking these simple steps:

 

1. Limit the amount of candy and the number of times in a day your special someone eats sugary treats or snacks between meals. Serve snacks that will not harm their teeth, such as vegetables, cheese, nuts or seeds.

2. Eat the sugary Valentine’s Day treats at the end of mealtime while there is still plenty of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to wash away the sugars and acids.

3. Drink a glass of water after eating a sugary treat will also help wash away some of the sugars and acids.

4. Avoid soft, sticky treats that get stuck between teeth.

5. Always brush and floss before going to bed.

 

Dr. Babik suggest fun alternatives to candy for Valentine’s Day!

If you are concerned about the amount of candy that your special someone will eat for Valentine’s Day, try rationing it over the next few weeks, and do not eat too much candy at one sitting. Another alternative would be to buy your special someone a nice book, jewelry, and other romantic gifts. There are a lot of ways to say “I love you” other than a big box of chocolates! By reducing the amount of candy your special someone eats and by practicing moderation, you won’t have to worry about things like tooth decay and Valentine’s Day will still be fun.

Here are healthy treat alternatives to give your special someone for Valentine’s Day to help avoid a mouthful of cavities:

Sugarless gum

Sugarless candy

String cheese

You can also give out fun toys and other gifts like Valentine’s Day holiday stickers, pencils and erasers, temporary tattoos, toothbrushes and floss, which will certainly help that special someone keep their smiles cavity free.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Team Dr. Babik!