Ahhh…Valentine’s Day. People either love it or hate it. Regardless of how you feel about the holiday, it has a huge impact on both the economy and relationships.
According to statisticbrain.com, here is just a sampling of its impact:
|Average annual Valentine’s Day spending||$13,290,000,000|
|Number of Valentine’s Day cards exchanged annually||180 Million|
|Average number of roses produced for Valentine’s Day||198,000,000|
And one more statistic as a caution to the fellas in our readership…. 53% of women would end their relationship if they didn’t receive a gift on Valentine’s Day.
While most people know to keep an eye on your sweets intake level for the sake of your waistline and blood sugar, there’s also an impact on your teeth. Cavity causing bacteria is rampant in the sugars contained in candy. That bacteria leads to decay, which eats away the enamel of your teeth.
First, know that some candies are worse than others. Candies that are super sticky and can plant themselves firmly on your enamel or between your teeth obviously pose a greater risk, as well as things that take a while to suck on, such as lollipops and other hard candies. The reason for this is they expose the tooth to cavity causing bacteria for longer periods of time.
With these type of candies, especially, you’ll want to brush and floss your teeth as quickly after consuming as possible. Other than that, make sure you brush at least twice a day, Floss when the day is over, and visit your dentist twice a year for check ups.
While you’re spending your Valentine’s Day making sure your sweetheart feels loved, don’t forget to love your teeth too!