The big day is almost here and you can feel the excitement. Love is in the air, the innocent anxiousness of the Valentine’s Day date is creeping in, and you might even be planning that big kiss. But the last thing you want is to be sitting at dinner and realize that after all the food you ate and wine you drank, your breath stinks and your teeth are stained. Oh no! Not worry, we’ve compiled a list for you of the best foods to eat on Valentine’s Day so you can navigate through your day without having to worry about any embarrassing breath or teeth stains.
We all know this is on the top of everyone’s list. Sure, you want nice food at dinner and a romantic dessert, but everyone loves wine. The hard part about wine is it’s vital to many people’s romantic dinners, and yet some wines are outright terrible for your teeth. Take more than a couple sips of the wrong wine and you could be sitting with purple teeth all night.
If you’ve thought about this before, common sense might tell you that red wines are more likely to stain teeth than white wines, and you’d be correct. If you don’t want to think too much about it, going with white wine is a safe bet. Chardonnay, pinot grigio, or a riesling are all safe wines to drink over the course of the night to avoid staining your teeth.
However, if you just can’t stand white wines and are a diehard red drinker, there are still options for you. A pinot noir is much less likely to stain teeth than other red wines and should be relatively safe for a Valentine’s Day wine. A gamay is also a great choice if you’re looking for something else.
Dinner is a little less tricky but might be more difficult depending on if you’re planning on going out. As a general rule of thumb, try to stay away from foods that can overpower your breath such as garlic, onion, fish, or most spicy foods. Try to steer toward more neutral and fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables. As long as you play a good balancing act, and stay further away from the smelly foods, and chew a piece of sugar-free gum after dinner, you should be in the clear.
Sweets are generally seen as the enemy of the teeth so you might think this is the most uphill battle. However, if you play it smart, there are plenty of good dessert options for Valentines Day that won’t be too harmful to your teeth. This one is even a Valentine’s Day classic: chocolate covered strawberries. First off, strawberries aren’t going to do much in the way of ruining your breath. Now, if you can combine that with dark chocolate, you’re good to go. Chocolate isn’t nearly as bad for your teeth as other candies because it doesn’t stay around in your mouth for long. Dark chocolate specifically has fewer sugars than other chocolates and is less damaging.
Another great option is cheese and fruit. Cheese won’t have a bad effect on your teeth and can actually help you prevent stains from the other foods you’re eating. If you want, it’s great to pair it with wine as a safeguard.
When the night is over, don’t forget you still have to keep up with your regular oral care routine. It’s great to eat well, but bacteria still builds up no matter what. The AutoBrush is a great alternative to traditional brushing that saves you both time and effort through an automatic cleaning that is designed to get every spot in your mouth.
So get your game plan together, pick your best foods and wines, and have yourself a fresh-breathed Valentine’s date.