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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! While many people use the holiday as an excuse to chow down on as many sugary sweets as they like, for people wearing braces this is a bad idea. Hard, sticky, and chewy treats are an easy way to not only damage your orthodontic appliances but put you at risk of developing tooth decay. If you’ll be sporting braces this V-Day, check out these tips to make the most of your holiday without jeopardizing your oral health in the process.
Braces-Friendly Gifts & Activities
Whether you are going on a romantic date or are planning to spend the day with friends, you can have a festive, memorable experience while keeping your teeth in great shape. In place of sugary treats, give the person you love a heartfelt gift, such as a hand-written letter, personalized photo book, or fresh flowers. Better still is taking them somewhere to make new memories together. A day at the park, trip to the theatre, or trying something new, such as an art class, are sure to help you bond without risking tooth decay.
To help your Valentine’s Day feel special without overdoing it with boxes of chewy chocolates and sticky candies, consider preparing dinner for your honey or friends at home. Not only will they be sure to love the effort and quality time you’ll spend together, you’ll also be able to control the ingredients that you consume. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp on making the meal special. In place of chocolates filled with nuts, caramels, and toffees that could harm your brackets, serve strawberries and fresh whipped cream or chocolate sauce for dessert. Your loved ones won’t feel like you cut any corners and your teeth will be sure to thank you.
No matter how you decide to celebrate, be sure to rinse your mouth with water after consuming sweets and brush your teeth thoroughly at the end of the day. For more tips on how to care for your braces this Valentine’s Day and beyond, the helpful team at Tasios Orthodontics is here to help. Visit us at our convenient Vaughan location or call to book your next appointment today!