An Unwanted Valentine

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An Unwanted Valentine

Everyone loves a Valentine, but sharing a kiss with someone can be an exchange of bacteria from one person to another.  Prevent unwanted Valentine exchanges by brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing between your teeth once a day.

Bad Breath

Bacteria can be a big culprit of bad breath, so regular habits like brushing and flossing are especially important.  Other ways to keep your mouth fresh are over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or chewing sugarless gum.  Both can freshen your breath instantly and get saliva flowing—especially after you eat foods with a strong flavor.

Periodontal disease (gum infection) can be transmitted through saliva.  That’s why the American Academy of Periodontology recommends that if one family member has periodontal disease, all of the family members should be screened for the disease as well.

The bacteria that cause tooth decay aren’t found in the mouths of newborn babies!  A baby’s mouth can become infected through another person’s saliva, which can be passed by a kiss on the lips or sharing food.

Is Kissing Good for your Health?

Research into kissing has uncovered knowledge about many valuable health benefits.  In a healthy mouth, saliva contains substances that fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  Kissing increases the flow of saliva, which in turn can help to keep the mouth, teeth, and gums healthier.

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