We’ve heard about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. Microorganisms found in body fluids are prone to infect one or another. Dental cavities are primarily the result of a communicable disease spread through the transmission of bacteria, whether it’s sugar or some unclean appliance like sticking a pen between your teeth while working. Subsequently, kissing may cause dental cavities through the transmission of bacteria from one person to another.
When people kiss, it is possible to exchange about as many as 10 million to 1 billion bacteria (representing up to 278 different species). Interacting in your mouth, some of these bacteria may be attracted to plaque and start attacking teeth. Isn’t it romantic?
Does that mean that kissing should be avoided? As an early stage of intimacy, kissing serves a useful mate-assessment function and is one of the preferred forms of greeting and foreplay.
Yet the Academy of General Dentistry believes that kissing poses severe risks. “Not knowing who you are kissing could be as dangerous to your health as having multiple sexual partners,” says AGD spokesperson Connie White, DDS, FAGD.
Kissing isn’t the only form of infection. Germs are transmitted through colds and touching surfaces that you didn’t realize had communities of those imperceptible microorganisms. While some may be the culprits behind oral diseases, they can result in many other things.
Overuse of antibiotics also leaves people more immune to harmful bacterial effects. Progressive resistance to antibiotics is becoming a major concern. Yet bacteria shouldn’t be an antagonist exclusively. Certain bacteria aid the digestive system.
As kisses are sweeter than wine, there are few socially acceptable preventatives to practice after a kiss. Perhaps, after a kissing session, you should excuse yourself for a few moments and rinse your mouth, brush teeth, or use some portable floss.
Overall, kissing is a primary form of communicable communication. The pleasure often overrides the faint possibilities of developing tooth decay. Realizing how many possible causes there are in developing tooth decay and gum disease, kissing may be worth the risk. After all, a gloveless handshake and a blown kiss may be equally dangerous.
Kiss away the blues and try to protect your pearly whites by pursuing a routine dental hygiene program. It’s part of responsible love. It’s one sexually transmitted disease source that is easily manageable.