If you were expecting a tutorial on kissing techniques, this isn’t it.
But if a good smooch session is right up your alley, this post will enlighten you on the benefits of really knowing your partner.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, a couple can swap 500 microbes (yikes!) in just one kiss. Before you pucker up, keep in mind the following:
Is that a cold sore or are you just happy to see me?
Cold sores (fever blisters) form around the mouth and lips, and are caused by the Herpes virus. And they are contagious. So if your blind date is sporting one of these, you may consider adjourning your evening with a quick peck on the cheek.
If you feel a cold or flu coming on, kissing can help spread it to your partner via saliva. Do both yourselves a favor-grab a (separate) bowl of chicken soup, and save the smooching for later.
Most likely, you haven’t heard the word ‘mono’ since your college days. Known as the “kissing disease”, mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, and can spread through food, utensils and . . . you guessed it . . . kissing. Persons with lowered immune resistance can be especially prone to contracting mono.
Anyhoo, if I haven’t totally killed the romance of that one-of-a-kind-you-rock-my-world activity universally known as kissing, I will add that a good make-out session may benefit your oral health by increasing saliva production. Saliva helps wash away cavity causing bacteria and also protects teeth from decay by neutralizing harmful acids.
In summary, protect yourself and know who you’re kissing. And once you’ve got that sorted out, well. . . I’ll let you decide what’s next 🙂
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Source article: From Academy of General Dentistry