Do you look forward to that special Valentine’s Day date that you have planned each year? Whether you have a dinner scheduled, you’ll be watching a movie, or just spending the day together, love will be in the air. However, you certainly won’t be as kissable if your oral health isn’t meeting its mark. The good news is that you still have time to prepare. In addition to picking up your love’s favorite sweets and flowers, use the following tips from your dentist in Green Hills. This way, you’ll be perfectly kissable when the big day comes.
Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene
Bacteria cause cavities, and when you are kissing someone, there is definitely a swap of germs, whether you like it or not. In order to reduce the number of harmful bacteria that you are transmitting to your partner, be sure to continue to brush your teeth twice and floss at least once every single day. This way, you will be able to share cleaner kisses.
Avoid Bad Breath
In addition to being the main culprit for cavities, bacteria are also the number one cause for bad breath. You certainly won’t be enjoying the romance as much if you know that your mouth isn’t smelling too sweet. In addition to brushing and flossing, invest in an over-the-counter mouthwash and sugar-free gum. Both of these are great at freshening up your smile and stimulating saliva flow.
Don’t Share Your Toothbrush
Even though you and your significant other are very close, a toothbrush is something that you just shouldn’t be sharing. Be sure that you have your own dental tools so that you aren’t transmitting as many germs between the two of you.
Consider Cosmetic Treatment
There is nothing more attractive than someone who smiles with confidence. Even though you already have gorgeous teeth, many people find themselves feeling even better about theirs after investing in teeth whitening from their dentist. It is all about what makes you feel great about yourself.
In addition to being harmful for your body, using tobacco products also has negative effects on your teeth. It affects the way that your mouth smells and could even leave your partner with a bad taste in their mouth. Not to mention that smoking doubles your risk of periodontal disease and is linked to oral cancer. It is best to drop the cigarettes before and during your date and then working on cutting them out of your life for good! Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways you can quit.
See Your Dentist
If you aren’t already, you should get back on track with regular cleanings and checkups. This helps to keep your smile in optimal shape. If your dentist notices any issues, they can be treated early on, leaving you with a healthy smile going forward.
This Valentine’s Day, think of your oral health in Green Hills. By keeping your mouth in good, healthy condition, you will be much more likely to see the sparks fly!
About the Author
Dr. James Kirby earned his dental doctorate from the University of Tennessee in Memphis and has been practicing in Nashville for the past decade. While he enjoys all aspects of dentistry, he is particularly passionate about helping patients to feel more confident able their smile through cosmetic dentistry. For more ways to keep up excellent oral health or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (615) 327-2123.