Is kissing bad for you? A kiss is said to transfer over 500 different kinds of disease-causing viruses and germs between two people, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. If you do not know the person you are kissing, it can be a danger to your health the same way as having multiple sexual partners, the organization says.
Hence, before you kiss again, take note of the common illnesses, diseases and viruses that you and your partner can transmit while kissing.
Cold sores are caused by the virus herpes. They are clear, tiny fluid-filled blisters that appear around the mouth and the lips. These are highly contagious, especially the ones that leak fluid. Moreover, even those that have been scabbed over are still transferable.
A wound that occurs near the lips is usually caused by herpes. Hence, if you see someone (or you yourself) having visible sores near the lip area, avoid having intimate contact to prevent spreading the virus.
Common cold and flu viruses are easily transferable via the nasal secretions and saliva of an infected person. Hence, it is best to stay away from make-out sessions until you are completely free of the virus.
Mononucleosis, more commonly known as “mono” – is called the kissing disease. It is easily and seamlessly transferred to others through kissing, or by sharing a cup, utensils and straws. It has been said that college students are more prone to contracting this disease due to lowered resistance and the proximity to other students.
People can look as healthy as possible, and yet have a wide array of viruses and diseases hiding beneath them. Hence, it is always best that you know the person you are kissing to ensure that you do not contract any illnesses from them.
However, two healthy partners who kiss each other also benefit from the act. Kissing stimulates the production of saliva, which is essential in replenishing the lost minerals in the teeth, and at the same time fighting tooth decay. It also helps wash down any food particles stuck between the teeth, and neutralizes the acids that cause the erosion of the tooth enamel.
Furthermore, having fresh breath is also very important when it comes to kissing. Hence, the following suggestions are essential to ensure that you are ready anytime:
- Avoid eating spicy foods – such as garlic, onion and even coffee. These kinds of foods can still be detected on your breath even after 72 hours upon digestion.
- Brush and floss twice a day at the minimum. Don’t forget to brush the cheeks, tongue, as well as the roof of the mouth for a complete, overall cleaning.
- Chew on sugar-free gum or mints to help stimulate saliva production, thereby washing away food particles that get stuck between the tooth and contribute to bad breath.
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