It’s February here in Bryan, TX and that means Valentine’s day is just around the corner. With that being said, dental implant provider Dr. Chuck Majors, along with the rest of his staff at MajorSmiles.com, could not be more excited to see smiles spread across the faces of all our valentines this year.
However, seeing as we are a dental office first and foremost, we found ourselves being concerned with the amount of candy that is normally consumed on this day. Much of it is hard, artificially fruit flavored candies that can leave teeth crying. Bearing all this in mind, we decided to post an article listing a few healthy tips that can help you make this Valentine’s Day a little easier on your valentine’s teeth.
Let’s take a closer look.
Go back to the Basics – Stick with Chocolate
Whatever happened to giving away heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to your valentine? We don’t know. Nowadays, it seems that hard candies like Jolly Ranchers and Conversation hearts are all the rage. If you want to protect your valentine’s teeth, we suggest going back to the basics and sticking to chocolate.
Because, if you must eat candy, chocolate should be your first pick in terms of oral health. Chocolate dissolves rather fast and does not stick to your teeth, in the same way, those hard fruit flavored candies will. This gives the sugar less time to attract decay-causing bacteria.
Also, if you can, make the chocolate dark. Aside from having a wide range of other various health benefits, including antioxidants, dark chocolate does something incredible in your mouth. It has the ability to help control the number of decay-causing bacteria in your mouth for a short period of time.
Now that’s cool.
Make Your Valentine Something Special…
Our first suggestion has got to be dark chocolate covered strawberries. Walk into any store and take a look at the chocolate covered strawberries they have available. Chances are they are pretty expensive. This is because nearly everyone loves chocolate covered strawberries.
You can skip all this, and impress your valentine even further, by making your own. Head to the store, pick up a carton of fresh strawberries and a package of dark chocolate chips and you’re set. GO home, wash the strawberries, melt the chocolate in a double boiler and dip. The pop those bad boys in the fridge for a few hours so that the chocolate can harden.
There you have it! Valentine’s Day success.
Aside from all this, believe it or not, strawberries are a fruit with one of the lowest sugar contents, despite how sweet they are. Of course, if you want to get specific, a cucumber is technically a fruit, but who wants a chocolate covered cucumber slice? Not us. Anyways, when it comes to sweet fruit, strawberries are one of the most teeth friendly. Seems like a win-win to us.
Let us know what you guys thing and how your strawberries turned out. Don’t be afraid to search for further direction on how to make chocolate covered strawberries on the web. Google has thousands of results.
Until next time readers, keep smiling.