February marks a period much needed for a lot of people in the Northern Hemisphere who celebrate it: a time to be joyful.
You see, early January through late March, there’s quite a bit of a gap in major holidays or breaks for people at work and school. Spring break is one of those times that people look forward to, but when you’re only into February, things can seem to drag on forever before you make that trip south to warmer waters.
February happens to be the perfect “break” in that long expanse I mentioned. It’s perfect for taking your mind off the daily grind and giving you a halfway point that you can now say you’re past. After V-Day, you’re more than halfway to spring break.
So what’s the appeal? Why is it so fun?
Well, hearts, reds, pinks, and all sorts of candies riddle stores during February season. Whether or not you enjoy all the things is besides the point: it’s a time of year to be with those you love and enjoy being around. By appreciating one another (and possibly exchanging gifts), you can realize there’s a lot of love surrounding you.o edit.
And the candy. Oh the candy.
From a dentist’s point of view, February can be a nice hiatus from the “don’t eat candy” mantra. Now, should you go crazy over the span of two weeks and eat all sorts of Valentine’s candy and chocolate that you bought on sale? Definitely not.
But is the day itself a good time to pig out on chocolate?
What’s the harm in engorging for one day on the things that you normally abstain from? So long as you didn’t used to be addicted to chocolate or something, you should be good to let loose. Just remember not to keep eating all that candy for days on end afterwards.
For the most part, it’s fine to eat sugary treats and sweets from time to time. The entire key to it, however, is eating it moderation. And if you’re brushing well afterwards, there’s not too much to worry about. Dentists typically warn against too much candy (especially hard candy) when brushing and proper dental care is neglected. That’s when cavities form in a hurry. That’s when your teeth can take a major hit in no time at all.
Keep your indulgence in all the holiday sweets to a one or two day minimum and get back to your normal diet and you’ll be just fine!