WHAT’S IN THAT KISS?

WHAT’S IN THAT KISS?

Kissing may be a fun pastime, but it may also pass cavities from your sweetheart to you. According to a study released by the National Institute of Health, streptococcus mutans, one of the bacterias that causes cavities, can be transmitted from one mouth to another, much in the same way a cold virus is passed. It can even be transmitted to small children from caregivers who taste their food to make sure it’s not too hot. This bacteria can also cause tooth erosion and gum disease, even in those who have never previously experienced dental problems.

Don’t be too quick to kiss kissing goodbye, however. The good news is that the risk of bacteria transmission and its effects can be significantly lowered by simply maintaining proper dental habits. Brushing regularly, flossing, using antibacterial mouthwashes such as Listerine and chewing sugar-free gum can help wash away excess bacteria, while regular dental check-ups will catch signs of gum disease while it’s still treatable. So take care of your teeth, and keep smooching away!

Gena Radcliffe
Medex Supply Blogger

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