When you think of February, the images of red roses, chocolates, and hearts may flood your mind. Valentine’s Day makes the month all about love. February and Valentine’s Day has become synonymous.

While gifts and going on romantic dinners to show your love for your significant other may be over, there is still love to give, to yourself.

As you’re finishing up all those delectable chocolates, candies and special, not-so-healthy meal options presented on Valentine’s Day, why not turn to protecting and building up your oral health?

Cavities, however, can have devastating impacts on your beautiful smile and unchecked cavities can result in tooth pain, and even tooth loss.

Yes, tooth loss.

That uniquely beautiful smile that your partner fell in love with can be compromised when you let your oral hygiene go. Luckily, February is not just a month to show love to your significant other, it’s a great month to love your teeth to!

Two weeks after Valentine’s Day, February 28th, is world oral health day.

World oral health day teaches and educates patients of all ages about proper oral hygiene practices such as correct teeth brushing and flossing techniques. Mouthwash and good eating habits are also touched on.

What does a proper dental hygiene routine include or look like?

Here are the components of a great hygiene routine:

  • A soft-medium bristled toothbrush that is replaced every three months
  • Toothpaste with fluoride
  • Teeth brushing twice a day for a whole two minutes
  • Teeth are brushed using gentle, circular motions
  • At least once a day flossing, being sure to go down between teeth and getting both sides of each tooth
  • Swishing with alcohol-free mouthwash for 30 seconds
  • Drinking plenty of water, preferably after eating a meal or snack throughout the day
  • Limit the amount of coffee, soda, tea, candy, citrus, sugar and foods and drinks with carbohydrates
  • Avoid tobacco and heavy drinking

An often-overlooked aspect of proper oral health hygiene is regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

We encourage patients to visit us twice a year for an exam and professional, thorough cleaning.

These twice-yearly cleanings and examination will allow our dentist and dental hygienists to identify and catch possible oral health issues early to keep them from progressing.

Similar to other medical conditions, teeth and gum issues are more easily reversed and treated when they are addressed either before they occur or while they are still small.

The cavity and gum disease fighting power of proper oral health will be limited if you allow a dental health issue to develop because you don’t regularly visit the dentist and have our professionals take a look.

This February, while you’re enjoying the love in the air, don’t forget about the health of your teeth and gums. Both you and your significant other will thank you for preserving your beautiful smile.

If it has been longer than six months since your last dentist appointment, contact us at Jared Smith, DMD General & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment and let our dental professionals help you take the best care of your precious teeth and gums.