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What’s In A Kiss?

A LITTLE TRIVIA… Did you know that babies are born without the bacteria that causes tooth decay? It’s true. That carie-causing bacteria is transmitted from someone else, usually a parent, and likely through a kiss. But don’t worry. It’s completely natural and inevitable. But there are a few things about kissing that our practice would like to briefly address below (along with some advice from the Academy of General Dentistry). These are things that can affect you and your family’s health.

Bacteria Can Lead To Increased Plaque Which Can Lead To Tooth Decay

We know it’s not pleasant to think about, but it’s true—your mouth is full of bacteria. Some of it’s good and some of it isn’t. For the most part, your body (and your mouth, specifically) does a pretty good job of keeping bacteria, germs, and viruses that make their way into your mouth in check. But increased bacteria can also lead to increased plaque. Teaching great oral hygiene habits to your children is the very best way you can help their mouths do their job.

Kissing Introduces Your Mouth To Someone Else’s Bacteria And Viruses

Now there’s no need to make this a huge cause for worry. Our team just wants to be sure that you know about the most common viruses and diseases that you could be sharing with a smooch:

  • Cold Sores – Cold sores are a manifestation of a herpes virus. Even when there are no signs, it can be contagious.
  • Colds And Flus – Lots of viruses are included under the blanket “common cold” term. Colds happen, but you can decrease the spread by avoiding kissing while you’re sick.
  • Mononucleosis – Also known as mono, glandular fever, or the kissing disease. It’s caused by a virus infection that’s easily spread by saliva, and can knock you out for weeks.

OF COURSE, There A Lot More Kissing Positives

We’re not condemning kissing and letting your children and loved ones know they’re loved! Kissing also increases saliva flow, which is great for your teeth and oral health. And of course, an affectionate peck can make you happier and strengthen relationships, which leads to better overall health and wellbeing. So, as an adult, don’t put the brakes on a great relationship just because you’re worried about germs! Just be smart, make sure that you maintain great oral hygiene, and that you always know who’s on the other end of that kiss.

It’s NOT Valentine’s Day, But We Knew Your Children Would Love This!

Any Questions About All This?

We love answering your questions about ANY pediatric dental or oral-health related matter. It gives us a chance to know you better. You can also read the full article from the Academy of General Dentistry if you’d like. Give us a call, leave a comment below, or send us a direct message on our Facebook page. We’re always happy to discuss things with you!

Thanks again for the trust you and your family place in us! We value your friendship!


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