valentine's dayFebruary is a month for Russel Stover’s chocolate and candy hearts. While Valentine’s Day candy is a good way to stoke the flames of love, it’s not so good for your dental health. It’s no secret that candy causes tooth decay. Cavity-causing bacteria thrive on sugary sweets that get stuck in the crevices of your teeth.

Today, we’re going to talk about some dental friendly Valentine’s day sweets that will show your darling that you care about their sweet tooth, as well as their oral health. Not to mention, homemade gestures of love are usually more appreciated than store bought gifts.

5 Dental Health Friendly Valentine’s Treats to Make Your Sweetie Swoon

These treats don’t have to be reserved for your sweetie, you can also use them as healthy alternative for your children to take to school or make them for your friends and family. Just because these treats are better for your dental health, doesn’t mean they’re not fun and tasty.

  1. Dark chocolate covered strawberries. Okay, this is a sugary treat, so it’s not the best for your teeth. However, chocolate is the best sweet treat for your teeth, because it washes away easier than other candy. This way, it doesn’t stay on your teeth long enough to cause tooth decay. Not to mention, chocolate covered strawberries are famously romantic. Wash your chocolate strawberry down with a glass of water afterwards, and your teeth will also fall in love with you.
  2. Dark chocolate candy without caramel. Dark chocolate is chock full of health benefits, but it’s also actually decent for preventing tooth decay. Dark chocolate has a healthy amount of magnesium, which is important for bone health and growth. Not to mention, the antioxidants are good for your heart. Having a healthy heart will help control the amount of bacteria in your mouth and promote your gum health.
  3. Chocolate filled raspberries. This is another tasty chocolate treat, where you fill the inside of a raspberry with small dark chocolate chips. Ghiardelli dark chocolate chips are a good chocolate chip to use for this treat. These are cute, tasty, and somewhat good for you. You can also melt the chocolate down and inject it into raspberries for a super tasty dessert. If you want, you can freeze them in an airtight container for a refreshingly sweet treat.
  4. Fruit kebabs in the shape of hearts. This is a more creative DIY Valentine’s Day treat that will require a little more time for perfect execution. When you cut strawberries into slices from top to bottom, they look like adorable little hearts.Cut heart shapes out of pineapples, apples, kiwis, cantaloupe, bananas, watermelon, and strawberries for a healthy and adorable Valentine’s treat. If you want to get really creative with this treat, you can drizzle it in melted dark chocolate. Not to mention, everyone loves fruit. You can also make a twist on this by infusing the kebabs with champagne.
  5. Cheese platter. Who says that Valentine’s day treats have to be sweet? Make your sweetie a savory Valentine’s day treat by purchasing a heart shaped cutter at your local grocery store. Then, you can cut out heart-shaped pieces of cheese for your cheese platter. Cheese is chock full of calcium, which is good for your oral health.You can also get smoked salmon, summer sausage, or prosciutto for your cheese platter. Heart shaped strawberries would also be another nice touch. Around this time of the year, you can usually find heart-shaped crackers. You can also use the Carr’s Rosemary Crackers, which are a a delicious addition to a cheese platter that your Valentine will enjoy.

While tooth decay doesn’t happen overnight, it’s good to sustain healthy dental habits no matter the time of the year. Treat yourself and your loved ones this Valentine’s Day without putting your teeth under stress.