Happy Valentine’s Day! From the “Kiss Me” messages on tiny candy hearts to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably on your list this Valentine’s Day. However, before you cosy up to your loved one this year, make sure your oral health is up to scratch because as it turns out, a kiss is more than just a kiss for your oral health. Kissing stimulates saliva, which can help fight tooth decay by washing sticky sugar or bacteria off your teeth. However, if your loved one has poor dental and overall health, you can run the risk of getting unwanted bacteria, illnesses or diseases instead of candy, flowers or cards this Valentine’s Day. So with that in mind, here’s what you need to know about making your smile a vision of love for this most romantic of holidays.
Tooth Decay Can Be Contagious
Whether through kissing or something as simple as sharing a fork, the bacteria that causes tooth decay can spread to another person. To combat this, simply make sure you are brushing and flossing twice a day for two minutes to ensure cleaner kisses and a cavity-free smile.
Smoking Isn’t Attractive
Smoking is bad for your breath and stains your teeth – not to mention terrible for your overall health. Smoking affects how well you smell and taste. People who use tobacco twice as likely to get gum disease as someone who doesn’t smoke. Smokers are also more at risk for oral cancer. Give yourself a gift this Valentine’s Day and quit today.
Share a Life (But Not a Toothbrush)
For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure you each have your own because sharing toothbrushes also means sharing germs. In addition, nasty blood-borne viruses can be transmitted through toothbrush-sharing if either of your gums bleed during brushing.
Beware Bad Breath
Bacteria is a big culprit of bad breath, so regular habits like brushing and flossing are especially important. Other ways to keep your breath fresh are over-the-counter antimicrobial mouthwashes or chewing sugar-free gum. Both can freshen your breath instantly and get saliva flowing—especially after you eat foods with a strong scent.
Don’t Forget About the Dentist!
A good relationship with and regular visits to your dentist can help keep your mouth at its best all year long. Here at JL Dental Care, we can help keep you healthy, discuss any concerns and give more advice on keeping your smile fresh- just book an appointment with us by calling 020 8958 0136.