This post is sponsored by Crest; however, all views expressed are my own.
Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day–shout out to my single ladies!) is so much fun. If you have kids, you get to make lots of valentines for them to give out in class. If you have a significant other, you get to celebrate–with dinner, gifts, or another lovely tradition personal to you. And then there’s the sweets! Oh, the sweets! (Who doesn’t like a holiday that encourages you to eat all of the delicious, sugary treats your heart desires?)
My family and I love Valentine’s Day treats, from the store-bought box of chocolates to the DIY homemade chocolate and strawberry marshmallows and Nutella truffles. And, boy, did we get a lot of treats! My son brought home treats from school, my husband brought home treats from work, and then it seemed like everyone from the bank to the library was offering some little treat for customers.
So, in short, we might have over-indulged just a little. But hey, it’s only once a year, right? 😉
Now that Valentine’s Day is over, we’re back to healthy, frugal eating–with some extra veggies thrown in to make up for all the sweets we ate! In addition, we’re paying extra attention to our oral health so that all those sweets don’t turn into cavities!
If you didn’t already know, eating too much sugar and neglecting your teeth can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Basically, some of the bacteria naturally present in your mouth feed on the sugar you eat and produce acid, which wears down tooth enamel. Without that hard layer of enamel protecting your teeth, you then end up with a bacterial infection from the acids and a hole in your tooth: this is what cavities actually are. (The more you know, right?)
This is why it’s so important to make sure your teeth are in good shape after Valentine’s Day (and, really, any other time you eat lots of sugar–think cake on birthdays, pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, and ice cream in the summer). We try to eat less sugar, brush regularly, and (this is a good tip) drink water in between bites of something sugary. (This helps make sure that the sugar doesn’t stick around on your teeth.)
I also really like to use a toothpaste with extra protection to combat the sweet treats and make sure that my teeth (and my family’s teeth, too) are in good health. One of my favorite toothpaste’s is Crest Pro-Health because it covers all the bases. It’s the only toothpaste accepted by the American Dental Association to treat all of the following:
- Freshens Breath
For my family and I, this is the perfect daily toothpaste: I don’t have to wander the toothpaste aisle, pouring over all the shelves for the right toothpaste. (You know what I mean: some are for sensitive teeth, but then they don’t whiten, and some are for whitening, but then they don’t address gingivitis.) When I feel like my teeth need a whiteness boost, I also really like Crest 3D White, and when I’m looking for super-fresh, I use Crest Complete (which has a minty fresh feeling that lasts five times longer than regular toothpaste).
We’re going to need more Crest toothpaste soon–which is good timing, because Crest will be releasing a national $2 off coupon in the Sunday newspaper that comes out on February 24. On top of that, CVS stores will be hosting a spend $20 on select personal care products and get $5 Extrabucks in-store offer–and you can use both the Crest coupon with the CVS offer for even more savings! How awesome right?! So, head to your local CVS and stock up on Crest toothpaste and save big!
What is your favorite Crest toothpaste variety and why? Please let me know in the comments.