Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday for everyone, from little children to older adults. Unfortunately, the age-old tradition of celebrating the holiday with a box of chocolates isn’t always so wonderful for our oral health. The good news is that there are several ways to enjoy the holiday without wreaking havoc on your sweetheart’s teeth and gums. If you’re looking for a thoughtful, tooth-friendly this Valentine’s Day, we have some ideas for you.
- A fruit basket: Fresh fruit is not only good for your oral health, it’s good for your overall health as well! Consider sending your valentine a beautiful array of fresh fruits to celebrate the holiday. They come in a variety of sizes and assortments, so you’re sure to find one that will appeal to your special someone.
- Say cheese: You may not know it, but cheese is extremely good for your oral health. It raises the pH level in the mouth, and that helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay. If your valentine is a cheese fan (and who isn’t?), consider a cheese gift basket instead of the traditional box of chocolates.
- A dinner out: Having a nice dinner out is always a great way to celebrate, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. An added plus – if you decide to enjoy a special dessert, it’s a one-time indulgence. Just make sure to make your reservations early, since going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day is not a new idea!
- Flowers: The only thing more traditional than chocolate for Valentine’s Day is a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Whether it’s a dozen roses or a flowering houseplant, ordering a special gift through your favorite florist is always a wonderful way to show your affection. And remember that flowers and houseplants aren’t just for women – most men appreciate these thoughtful gifts just as much!
- A personalized gift certificate: If your special someone enjoys a certain hobby or activity, consider buying a gift certificate that allows them to enjoy that pastime. Skiers would love a day on the slopes. If your valentine likes to draw or paint, a gift certificate to an art supply or hobby store would be a thoughtful gift. Better yet is a gift card for an activity you can enjoy together – roller skating, ice skating, or bowling, for example.
If your valentine has a sweet tooth, and you can pass up the opportunity to buy that Valentine’s Day box of chocolate, make it dark chocolate, which is full of mouth-healthy antioxidants. And avoid anything that is sticky or chewy, since those candies are especially hard on the teeth.
This Valentine’s Day, consider a gift idea that’s “out of the box” – the candy box, that is – with these innovative ways to show your special someone how much you care.