Did you know that on average, Americans spend $345 million on Valentine’s candy each year? Though candy hearts and chocolate boxes are Valentine’s Day staples, you may want to cut back on those sugary snacks this Valentine’s Day. Here are some other facts about Valentine’s treats:
- More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are purchased every year
- Almost 8 billion candy hearts are sold between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14
- About 58 million pounds of chocolate are consumed around the Valentine’s Day holiday
- The average American eats between 10 and 12 pounds of chocolate every year!
Eating boxes of chocolate with someone you love might sound great, but the effect it can have on your oral health isn’t quite as sweet. Large amounts of sugar act as fuel for the bacteria in your mouth, which produces enamel-eroding acid as a result. This acid can attack teeth for at least 20 minutes after consumption! Over time, acid erosion leads to tooth decay and cavities on teeth.
Sticky treats like gummy bears and hard candies are especially harmful to enamel, since they stick to teeth and sit on the tooth’s surface for long periods of time.
The dentists at Dakota Dental recommend cutting back on sweets – but if you do choose to indulge in chocolate or candy this Valentine’s Day, make sure to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth afterwards to cut down on harmful acid production.
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