Not everyone thinks of oral health when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but we sure do! According to statistics in the US, 50% of respondents said they receive ‘candy’ for Valentine’s Day and we are sure the numbers are likely to be similar in the UK. Although it’s a lovely gesture, it can be an extremely tough time for your teeth.
You may also have noticed that Valentine’s Day has started to become a thing in primary schools, with our little Romeo and Juliets keen not to miss out and likely to be the recipients of sweets and chocolates too.
Therefore, to ensure you and your little ones’ teeth and gums receive some love this Valentine’s Day too, we’ve listed below a few easy ways to care for them.
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day
Since our launch, the Brush-Baby team have been working hard to get parents and their little ones to brush their teeth 2 times a day, for 2 minutes each time, and it’s particularly important on a day where you’re likely to indulge in sugary treats.
Sugar feeds decay-causing bacteria in the mouth, so it’s important to keep teeth and gums clean to prevent tooth decay.
Use the correct amount of fluoride toothpaste
It’s important to use toothpaste that contains the right amount of fluoride. It stops sugar from giving your teeth and gums a battering!
Adults should use toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride. For children aged 3 and under, use lower-strength fluoride toothpaste which contains at least 1,000ppm fluoride.
Parents should be using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush, whilst children under the age of 3 should use just a smear. Eating more sugar this Valentine’s doesn’t mean you need to change the amount of toothpaste on the brush.
Floss, floss, floss!
Flossing is vital when it comes to the care of your teeth and gums, especially after consuming extra sugar. Getting right between the gaps of your teeth will remove any bacteria and food; something which a standard toothbrush can’t do.
If you’re struggling to get your little one to floss, try our FlossBrushes.
Go the extra mile this Valentine’s
If you’re planning on showing your teeth and gums some extra love this Valentine’s, try using a mouthwash that contains fluoride. However, we recommend using it a few hours after brushing your teeth as it can wash off the fluoride concentrate left from the toothpaste. Choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.
We hope our ‘tooth loving tips’ have given you some ideas on how to look after your little ones’ teeth and gums this Valentine’s Day and beyond. We can assure you that they’ll love it!