On Valentine’s Day, revealing our love and appreciation for someone special is often communicated with a heart-shaped box of delicious chocolate candy treats. Astonishingly, Americans buy more than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates each year.
Here are some more revealing statistics about Valentine’s Day sweet treats:
- Americans spend approximately $345 million for Valentine’s candy each year;
- About 58 million pounds of chocolate are consumed on and around Valentine’s Day;
- The average American eats between 10 and 12 pounds of chocolate each year, with more than 60 percent being consumed by women;
- Approximately 8 billion candy hearts are sold between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14.
While most of us know that eating large amounts of candy can lead to a larger waistline, we may not think about how sweets impact our dental health.
How sweets impact your teeth : Each time bacteria come into contact with sugar in your mouth, acid is produced that can attack your teeth for a minimum of 20 minutes. The bacteria that cause cavities flourish in sweets and sodas.
Sweets that are particularly hard on your teeth: Some foods and certain types of candy wreak more havoc on your teeth than others. Included are candies that are sticky, slow to dissolve or those that are sucked (lollipops, toffee, etc.)
How to keep your teeth healthy: To maintain good oral health, brush and floss, consume nutritious foods, limit snacks and visit our office regularly for cleanings and exams.
So what’s your kissability factor?
Let’s face it – no one wants to kiss someone with poor dental health. We’re sharing the top five things you can do to guarantee that your kissability factor remains constant.
- Brush your teeth two times per day.
- Floss at least once daily.
- Visit our office at least twice a year.
- Use mouthwash daily.
- Don’t be afraid to do a little self-assessment.
Tip: Number five could be a little tricky, but here’s a tip - try licking your hand and then smelling the result. Let it dry or take a whiff right away, either way if things smell not so good, take corrective action!
We want to enjoy your Valentine’s Day, while keeping in mind the effects that too much candy can have on your dental health. Why not schedule your next appointment today and come see us after Valentine’s Day? That way you can enjoy your day without all the guilt!