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If you have a significant other in your life, a special holiday approaches to honor and celebrate the love you share. Sometimes loving another includes loving yourself. If you let your own teeth and gums fall into disrepair, what signal does that send about your ability to love another? Luckily, simple daily tasks such as brushing and flossing are excellent starting points in making your smile bring joy to yourself and others for many years to come. Also keep in mind what snacks you could be eating that are putting your smile at risk.

Don’t go overboard on sweets during the season of love. Listed below are common Valentine’s Day tips on which treats to avoid:

– Avoid highly acidic treats such as sour sweets. The acidity in some sour sweets is nearly that of car battery acid!
– If you wish to indulge this year, chocolate is a better choice than most options, as it is much easier to clean off your mouth than sticky, chewy, or hard candies.
– Exercise caution when consuming any hard snacks that can easily crack or chip teeth.
– Sticky candies such as caramels, taffies, and gummies stick to your teeth and gums and can be difficult to remove. Also, be mindful of treats that can get dislodged between your teeth. Floss daily to remove food particles that brushing cannot reach.

Don’t let Valentine’s Day set your smile back all year. If you are looking to set up an appointment for an oral examination or if you need a professional cleaning from Generations Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. David Goldschein by calling us at 813-251-5740. We are located in Tampa, Florida, and can assist you with a wide variety of dental services and treatments. Call us today, and see what we can do for your smile!