Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

From the “Kiss Me” messages on tiny candy hearts to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably on your list this Valentine’s Day. Before cozying up to your loved one this year, make sure your mouth is in good health because, as it turns out, a kiss is more than just a kiss. 

Kissing stimulates saliva, which can help fight cavities. However, if the person you’re kissing has poor dental and overall health, you run the risk of getting unwanted germs, illnesses or diseases instead of candy, flowers or cards this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s what you need to know about making your smile a vision of love for February 14. 

Cavities Can Be Contagious

Whether through kissing or something as simple as sharing a fork, the bacteria that causes cavities can spread to another person. Brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth once a day for cleaner kisses and a cavity-free smile.

Beware Bad Breath

Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath, so regular habits like brushingand flossing are especially important. Other ways to stay fresh are over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or chewing sugarless gum. Both can freshen your breath instantly and get saliva flowing—especially after you eat foods with a strong scent. (And look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on both!)

Share a Life (But Not a Toothbrush)

For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure you each have your own because sharing toothbrushes also means sharing germs.

Brighten Your Smile

Nothing is more attractive than a confident smile. If whitening makes you feel better about yours, talk to your dentist about which option is best.  There are a number of over-the-counter whitening products, or you could get an in-office treatment at your dentist. 

Don’t Forget !

Your regular visit to our office can help keep your mouth at its best all year long. Dr. Mansell can help keep you healthy, discuss any concerns and give more advice on keeping your smile fresh.

Credits: ADA Moutmouthhealthy.org

…remarkably attractive to the opposite sex!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner,  it is the perfect opportunity to pucker up and take a look at our oral health. But, dental advice from the Britts?

The British Dental Health Foundation says a simple smile can make others feel at ease around you and can be a powerful show of emotion, which can prove remarkably attractive to the opposite sex!

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, believes we should be showing off our smiles more often and it could be the key for a successful Valentine’s date.

Dr Carter says: “When preparing for a date we probably spend more time and money on our hair or the clothes we wear, rather than caring for our teeth. Smiling shows confidence and can be particularly endearing. Studies have shown smiling can have a positive effect on our relationships, careers and overall image.

“We can also tell a lot about a person from their smile. A great smile can be a good measurement of overall hygiene and general lifestyle, demonstrating someone’s cleanliness while revealing what they eat and drink, as well as if they smoke or not.”

While a healthy smile can be beneficial for attraction, the opposite can be said of poorer oral health.

A new poll by the charity has revealed our partner’s biggest smiles crimes, with men named as the guiltiest culprits of bad oral health habits.

Respondents cited ‘food stuck between the teeth’ as their greatest turn-off ahead of the most romantic day of the year, claiming 40 per cent of the overall vote.

Bad breath (24 per cent), stained teeth (21 per cent) and not brushing twice a day (16 per cent), made up the remainder of our partner faux pas.

In a battle of the sexes, more than three quarters (76 per cent) pointed the finger firmly towards the men, marking them as the ones with the worst oral health habits.
“It doesn’t matter how expensive your bouquet was or how posh the restaurant is, if you haven’t got clean teeth the chances are your date won’t be impressed. All of these smile crimes are an instant turn-off, but they continue to affect many of us on a regular basis,” Dr Carter adds.

“By adopting a simple but effective daily oral hygiene routine we can eliminate all of these bloopers.

“Brushing your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks and visiting your dentist as often as they recommend, are some of the most basic things we can do but all will make a positive difference to the health of our mouths.

“Food being stuck between the teeth may be our number one oral health bugbear when it comes to romance but only one in five regularly clean between their teeth. To help remedy this, use interdental brushes or dental floss to clean between your teeth at least once a day.”

OK, we all know that. But, it may be a stretch that a dental cleaning will get you a date, however one thing is for sure  – ahead of Valentine’s Day, if you stop by for a dental cleaning and pucker up with a beautiful smile, you just may get a second date :))