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February 10, 2023

Q: Is Kissing Bad For My Oral Health?

Couple kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

It might be strange to think about how kissing can relate to your oral health, but many changes and processes are happening when you kiss — some good and some of which can be concerning. 

What Happens During A Kiss?

A person houses more than 700 species of bacteria in their mouth. These bacteria live on your teeth, tongue and face, as well as in your saliva. When you kiss, millions of bacteria are transferred from mouth to mouth. 

Oral Health Benefits Of Kissing

Kissing can increase saliva flow. Saliva is crucial for washing away leftover food debris and neutralizing the harmful acids that cause cavities. Saliva can also decrease and even stop the bacteria growth that causes oral thrush. All in all, good saliva flow promotes a healthy mouth. 

Downside To Kissing 

Kissing someone with poor oral hygiene can cause increased plaque buildup and expose you to harmful bacteria. This can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease if you don’t practice proper dental care. 

How To Keep Your Oral Health In Check While Kissing

You can’t avoid exchanging saliva when you kiss, but there are ways to ensure the action doesn’t come with unwanted ramifications. These tips go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones healthy while showing affection:

  • Avoid kissing babies on the lips to decrease their risk of tooth decay.
  • Practice safe kissing by knowing the condition of your partner’s oral health. If they’re ill or have mouth sores, don’t kiss them.
  • Maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months. 

If you’re worried about your oral health or you’re overdue for a checkup and cleaning, schedule an appointment with Dental Image Therapy Centres today. You can also check out our Winnipeg dental clinics located in Garden City Shopping Centre and St. Vital Centre. 

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