Did you know July 6th was International Kissing Day? We can all imagine that kissing is good for your overall health, but is swapping spit a good idea when it comes to your oral health? We’re happy to report it’s perfectly fine. But there are some things you should know about kissing and your oral health.
Can I get a disease from kissing?
As moms or caretakers of children, you’ve likely heard you shouldn’t share cups, straws or utensils, with your child. That’s true, the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can be passed to your child when they pass between your mouth and theirs. Knowing that to be the case, we understand the hesitation to lock lips with someone else.
Rightfully so, there are some diseases you can get from kissing including:
- Cold Sores (or Herpes Simplex 1)
In some rare occasions, some sexually transmitted infections/disease could also be transferred during kissing. Overall, sharing germs means you are more likely to share a disease.
To Keep Kissing Healthy
Stay healthy and keep kissing by:
- Being aware of your own sores in or around your mouth and eliminate contact with others during that time.
- Getting vaccinated against meningitis and avoid contact with those who have it. Children and teens are the most at risk populations for Meningitis and Mono, so learn and talk about the symptoms, preventative measures and cures.
- Keeping up good oral care habits to reduce bacteria in your mouth that can lead to inflammation and infection.
- Hand washing and washing of infant or child toys or utensils that are shared is a must.
- Not sharing toothbrushes, straws, cups or other items that have had contact with oral bacteria.
Don’t let that stop you from kissing – Benefits of Kissing
But, kissing isn’t all bad. Kissing naturally generates more saliva in the mouth and it’s this very saliva that is nature’s original mouth cleaner! While no substitute for daily brushing and flossing, kissing can help keep support your daily oral care routine.
And the benefits of kissing don’t end there. Studies show there are great benefits of kissing including reducing stress, increasing intimacy and increasing general happiness.
So, the moral of the kissing story? Keep a good oral care routine, avoid germs and those with symptoms of illness, and take preventative measures to ensure health so you can enjoy the best things in life, like kissing!
Do you want a healthy, happy, kissable smile? Find a PERFECT TEETH dentist in your area online to make an appointment today.