Valentine’s Day is the first holiday of the year where high amounts of sweets and treats are purchased and consumed, not only by romantic partners, but by everyone. Every year, the average spending for Valentine’s Day continues to rise. In total, spending is expected to reach $27.4 billion, up 32% from 2019. On average, 58 million pounds of chocolate are bought during Valentine’s Day week making it the most popular candy for couples on Valentine’s Day. That doesn’t sound good for your oral health, but there are plenty of other treats to give your loved ones besides items that rot your teeth.
The Best Treats For Your Valentine
Dark Chocolate: If your Valentine will only accept chocolate as a gift, then dark chocolate is the way to go. It is healthier than milk or white chocolate in ways that it keeps bacteria levels in the mouth low, reducing the risk of cavities.
Fruit: Fruit baskets, apple slices, and strawberries are a great alternative for chocolate. While you’ll still get a large dose of sweetness, fruit is simply the healthier choice for your smile.
Cheese and Crackers: Why do sweets have to be the only option for a Valentine’s Day gift? Instead, offer up gift baskets with cheese, meats, and crackers. Certain cheeses, such as cheddar, happen to be great for teeth. Cheese cubes and whole grain crackers help protect from tooth decay if eaten with sweets as they can break up the amount of sweet flavors you’re consuming on Valentine’s Day.
To keep your oral health protected, you’ll need to limit the amount of bad treats and foods you’re eating. Chocolate isn’t the only sweet treat to avoid. Stay away from sticky or chewy treats, lollipops, hard candies, and candies that are just lumps of sugar with no other ingredients. Keep your teeth healthy this Valentine’s Day by avoiding these unhealthy options. You can also help keep someone else’s teeth healthy by gifting a healthier Valentine’s Day option other than just chocolate.