Friday, April 13 is International Kissing Day—a celebration of one of mankind’s favorite ways of expressing love. There are many types of kisses—the long and passionate lip locks of lovers or the short cheek pecks of friends and acquaintances. If you have not kissed your loved one lately, International Kissing Day offers the perfect occasion to make up for lost opportunities.

Kissing and Oral Health

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Kissing can be beneficial for your oral health, and also for your overall health. Endorphins are released when we kiss. Endorphins are good for every part of the body. They facilitate the burning of calories and release tension. Some people even believe that endorphins boost immune function.

Mouth to mouth kissing allows for the exchange of healthy bacteria. It also results in increased flow of saliva, a natural mouth protectant. Saliva washes the mouth and keeps it hydrated, rinses away food particles, and contains mineral ions that are capable of repairing the teeth.

Kissing can present some negative effects, however. Saliva carries bacteria and viruses that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The exchange of saliva during kissing can set up new colonies of bacteria that will release acids that eat away your tooth enamel.

To prevent the transfer of bad bacteria and viruses, maintain good oral hygiene and make sure that the people you kiss maintain similarly high standards. Frequent brushing and flossing will prevent bacteria from colonizing in your mouth and transferring to your partner.

Poor oral care can lead to cavities, gum disease, and eventually a missing tooth. Consult with your periodontist in Roy at the first sign of gum disease. Keeping your teeth clean can improve your appearance, health, and overall kissability.