This Valentine’s Day, it’s natural that you might want to keep your beautiful teeth in mind, especially if you’ll be spending a romantic day with a loved one. Of course, all those Valentine’s treats and candies like chocolates, candy hearts, and other pastries can really put your smile at risk.
The McAllen family dentists at WhiteWing Dental want you to keep these tips and recipes in mind this Valentine’s Day so that you can maintain a vibrant, healthy smile. And don’t forget to pay us a visit for a smile that your special someone will surely love.
Sugar: The Cavity Culprit
Because Valentine’s is often celebrated with sugary treats, you may be tempted to indulge. But it’s important to remember on this day of love, that foods with high sugar content can lead to bacteria flourishing in your mouth and causing cavities.
Hard candies and other crunchy treats can even result in chipped teeth.
The repairs necessary to correct your oral health after sugar has caused its damage can ruin an otherwise lovely Valentine’s Day. You definitely don’t want to end up with an aching tooth on Valentine’s Day because of your sweet tooth.
The good news, though, is that there are delicious alternatives that can spare your pearly whites and save you from a dental emergency.
Valentine’s Snacks to Smile About
This Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to show your teeth some love by trying out these wonderful, yet healthy, Valentine’s snack substitutes. The ingredients in these easy-to-make Valentine’s treats can help keep teeth strong as well as provide you with other health benefits.
Here are five refreshing treats you can enjoy to satisfy that sweet tooth craving without the guilt of eating too much sugar:
- Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Strawberries are low in calorie and are an excellent source of vitamin C. This vitamin supports gum health while malic acid in the strawberries can help to keep teeth vibrant and your breath fresh. A little bit of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate can be good for you, too.
- Banana Nice-Cream
Freeze some bananas and blend them in a blender or Vitamix. Add a splash of almond milk, cinnamon, peanut butter, and your choice of berries to the mix. Serve in cups and share this refreshing low-calorie snack with your Valentine.
- Baked Red Apples with Cinnamon
In a baking pan, layer sliced apples. Top the apples with cinnamon and a small pinch of brown sugar. When baked, it tastes just like an apple pie, minus the starchy carbs and excess sugars that cause cavities. Serve this decadent dessert on a decorative Valentine’s plate for presentation.
- Greek Yogurt Fruit Popsicles
Another cool treat to share with that special someone is Greek yogurt pops. All you need is popsicle molds, Greek yogurt, and your choice of fruit. The Greek yogurt helps to neutralize acids in the mouth and the fruit provides the vitamins and minerals needed to keep your teeth strong and healthy. You can even use pink and red fruits to match the festivities.
- Heart Shaped Fruit Kabobs
Cookie cutters don’t have to be used on just cookies. Add style to your fruit by using Valentine’s themed cookie cutters to shape fruits like kiwi, strawberries, apples, or pineapples (you can even add some grapes). This has to be the most hassle-free, nutritious snack you can make. Both kids and adults will love these fruit kabobs!
Sugar-Free & Surprisingly Sweet Candies
Candy isn’t completely out of the picture if your dead set on getting your loved one a nice treat for Valentine’s Day. As previously mentioned, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and is good for your overall health.
You can even try some candy with the sugar alternative known as Xylitol. At first glance, the ingredient may seem unfamiliar, but give this sweet substitute a shot.
Tingz brand candy, certain types of gummy snacks, and 100% xylitol candy can be found at your local supermarket.
Make Better Choices and Follow Up
If you crave sweet treats this Valentine’s Day, be more selective with what you choose in order to protect your smile. Remember that no food is bad in moderation, however, its best to avoid sugary candies when there are substitutes that are more nutritious and healthier for your teeth.
The family dentists at WhiteWing Dental in McAllen and La Feria want you to think twice about eating an excess of sweet, sticky, and starchy foods this Valentine’s Day.
With some simple snack substitutes and a solid oral hygiene regimen, your smile is sure to sweep your Valentine off their feet.