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!
Valentine’s Day draws a lot of people in with its charms of vibrant reds and pinks and numerous products plastered with hearts. For the most part, I look at it as a positive thing that inspires people to care a little bit more about their relationships, be those friendships or romantic in nature.
One thing that I definitely do think happens around this time of year is a welcome sight: more smiles.
February can be a particularly boring, drab, cold, and just overall unpleasant time of year. There’s not really much going on regarding holidays from January 2nd all the way until late March. So, Valentine’s Day falls right in the middle of that stretch, giving a much needed boost in morale and something to look forward to.
And I mean who wouldn’t smile about love and affection and appreciation? Even if you’re not involved in a romantic relationship, you at least can appreciate the love your family and friends show you. So, you have an excuse to give gifts to those people who you care most about and who care for you.
Smiling is good. That’s the important thing here. The more we show off our teeth and smile, the more we feel happiness, true joy, and acceptance.
So, strictly speaking, Valentine’s Day has a positive effect on people, instilling smiles everywhere thanks to all the gift giving, going out to eat, and just spending time with loved ones. In this regard, it’s a holiday much needed during a very bland part of the year that can get you down. V-Day is really a pick me up. At the very least, seeing all sorts of hearts and red and pink can at least make you scoff because it makes you nauseous with love. Not a bad problem to have, is it?
Whether or not you love this holiday of hearts, it at least gives you something to do with people you enjoy being around. Smiles should abound when with your family, friends, or lover, and showing off those teeth of yours can directly impact your mood and mental health for the better.
So why not get into the dentist around this time of year? You’ll have just eaten a boatload of chocolate anyway, but now that we’re on the other half of V-Day, spring is nearing and it’s a time of renewal for nature and should be, too, for your smile.