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In just a few days, it will be the much-awaited day of hearts—Valentine’s Day! You are probably looking forward to spending quality time with your loved ones, and we are here to help make the day more special for you. Whether you plan on spreading love, hugs, and kisses to your partner, kid, sweet grandmother, or lovely mom, you need to have a clean mouth and fresh breath to make your gift of kisses much more appreciated!

Now is the best time to pay extra attention to your oral hygiene. After all, a foul-smelling mouth will surely disrupt the lovely vibe brought about by this particular holiday! To help you out, we have compiled here some oral health tips that you can do before the special day gets here.

What You Do Not Want—Watch Out for These

Two of the biggest turn-offs when it comes to kissing are cavities and bad breath.

Cavities are not always visible to the naked eye—unless you carefully examine someone else’s mouth, that is. However, the danger is that cavities can easily transfer from a person’s mouth to another by merely exchanging saliva. Make sure that you stay cavity-free by brushing your teeth, flossing, and gargling mouthwash every day.

Bad breath is the more noticeable turn-off. It is a sign of bacteria and plaque buildup in one’s mouth. IN the same vein as above, observe proper oral hygiene to avoid this scenario.

What to Remember—4 Tips for a Kiss-Ready Mouth

1. Have Your Own Toothbrush

You and your partner may have loved each other so much and share every bit and piece of your lives—but never share your toothbrushes! Using someone else’s toothbrush is exposing your teeth and gums to the bacteria from their mouth. Getting exposed to them, in the first place, is no longer hygienic. No matter how much they practice proper hygiene, the mixture of your mouth’s bacteria and theirs could give you infections such as flu, cold, and other oral problems.

2. Veer Away From Smoking—or Better Yet, Quit

Smoking is never good for anyone’s health. It also damages one’s teeth and oral health, aside from the obvious risks you take with each stick you puff.

The nicotine found in cigarette smoke can reduce the flow of blood to one’s mouth and gums—and the lesser the blood flow, the slower your body’s recovery from diseases and infection. The practice of smoking also stains your teeth and causes bad breath. All these could increase your chances of getting oral infections!

3. Consider Whitening Your Teeth

Smoking is not the only source of yellow teeth. Tooth discoloration is often the result of frequent drinking of beverages like coffee, tea, and wine, or eating blueberries and other sweet food items. It can also be due to genetics, aging, poor dental care, or bad oral hygiene.

Fortunately, there are now numerous ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. You can brighten your smile easily through the help of over-the-counter whitening products, such as whitening toothpaste or white strips. You can also schedule and get the teeth whitening treatment from your dentist for good measure.

4. Observe Proper Dental Care

It would be best if you not only prepare your mouth whenever Valentine’s Day is approaching.

Caring for your oral health should be done regularly, and visiting your dentist can help you keep your mouth in its best condition! Visit your dentist once or twice a year for a check-up, cleaning, and maintenance, and whenever necessary. Doing so will ensure you have a healthy mouth throughout the year and prevent any oral health condition from worsening.

Conclusion

Oral health contributes to many body illnesses—after all, the mouth can be the direct access of germs and bacteria to other critical body systems, such as the respiratory and digestive systems. Keeping it healthy all the time gives you a kissable mouth on Valentine’s, and good health throughout the year too!

If you are looking for a dental spa in Ann Arbor, contact us at Dental House: Home of Dentistry. We can take care of any teeth concerns, whether you’re in need of preventive dentistry solutions or cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures. We accept walk-in patients with a dental emergency too! Set an appointment today!

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