Valentine’s Day has a very long history. Ancient Romans celebrated a feast day on February 14th, in honour of Juno, the goddess of love and marriage.
In 1537, the English king, Henry VII, declared February 14th as the official day to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Besides Australia, other countries such as the United States Canada, Mexico, and France, celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day has morphed into an unusual mixture of romance and feeding our sweet tooths.
At EK Dental Surgery we’d like to help you have luck in romance while also ensuring that your teeth don’t become a victim of this sweet (in both senses) holiday.
Let’s take a look at two things: How you can prepare for a romantic Valentine’s Day, and; how you can keep your dental health in good shape through the day.
Get ready for romance!
In the days before Valentine’s Day, you can take a few steps to improve your chance for romance. Here are two:
Teeth Whitening. People with whiter teeth have a higher chance of being perceived positively during romantic encounters.
Impressions of success, confidence, health, and youth are important during romantic interactions, and white teeth portray all of these things.
The most common teeth whitening procedures are professional home whitening systems and in-chair whitening. In-chair whitening is fast and most of all, effective.
The procedure is non-invasive and can improve the whiteness of your teeth up to eight shades in just one visit. You can sit in the dental chair on Valentine’s Day morning, and have noticeably whiter teeth by lunch!
Whitening at EK Dental Surgery
Teeth Cleaning. Getting your teeth cleaned at EK Dental Surgery is an easy and quick way to brighten up your smile.
During a professional cleaning, any tartar will be gently scraped away from your teeth; tartar is hardened plaque bacteria can make teeth look yellow. If plaque or tartar is causing bad breath, these causes will be gone!
Professional Teeth Cleaning At EK Dental Surgery
Take care of your teeth at dinner and with the heart-shaped boxes!
Beware of sweet treats. When it comes to sweet gifts, Valentine’s Day is on a par with Halloween! And how can you keep your teeth safe when they’re soaked in sugary residue?
It’s not realistic to tell you to avoid it altogether, but candy in moderation is best. Even then, you should rinse your mouth with water to wash away the sweet particles left behind.
If you want to avoid cavities and gum disease, you’ll want to think outside the heart-shaped box on Valentine’s Day. Skip the sugary, sticky candy hearts and caramel-filled chocolates and give non-edible Valentine’s Day gifts.
Wine not? For many people, a glass of wine is an essential part of Valentine’s Day dinner. You may be tempted to brush afterwards, particularly if you drink red wine.
But be sure to wait an hour! Wine is acidic and brushing immediately after drinking it spreads the acid around. Wait, to give your mouth a chance to return to its natural pH level.
Making your romantic dinner free from worry about bad breath!
If you have a special someone, you’re probably having a special dinner. Be sure that your dinner and your after-dinner kiss, are fresh and fun by following these steps:
- Brush your teeth and tongue
- Floss twice – once in the morning and once before dinner
- Use mouthwash to kill the germs in your mouth.
- Eat yogurt or other dairy-based food to replenish healthy stomach bacteria.
- Order foods that won’t impart a bad odour to your breath, such as garlic, onions, and very spicy dishes.
- Chew on your garnish? Yes! The herbs on your dinner plate can neutralise bad breath caused by sulphides emitted by bacteria in dental plaque.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid chocolate cake and choose a dessert full of fruits like berries, oranges, or apples, which freshen your breath by increasing saliva production
- Instead of that last cup of coffee, sip lemon tea. Lemons are great at neutralising bad breath!
- Bring a flosser or pick up some toothpicks and when you’re done with dinner visit the bathroom to ensure there’s nothing between your teeth. When your teeth are clean, rinse your mouth out with water, and you’re ready to go!.
- Medicate stomach distress to reduce bad breath, particularly if you are an acid-reflux sufferer.
- Chew gum with xylitol (sugarless) to eliminate bad breath after dinner & dessert.
Reasons To Smile At EK Dental Surgery!
EK Dental Surgery offers a wide variety of preventative and cosmetic dental procedures for children, seniors, and everyone in between!
We are a team of dedicated Glen Waverley dentists and staff working to provide the best care possible. At EK Dental we can help you achieve tip-top dental health and a movie-star smile!
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