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Oral Benefits of Kissing

Your Oral Health and Kissing

Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means.  Before you know it, you will be decorating your table for a family dinner at Thanksgiving, and then it will be time to deck the halls. With the season for mistletoe fast approaching, you might be thinking about some extra smooches.  But did you know that there are multiple health benefits to kissing?

Through this blog, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will discuss some of the health and oral benefits of kissing.  Some of the information may surprise you, so pucker up those lips and get ready for a good read!

Health and Oral Benefits of Kissing

Everyone remembers their first kiss.  It is magical!  People can typically recall every detail of the moment from the outfit they wore to the twinkle in the other’s eyes.  You might even be able to feel a few butterflies fluttering about your stomach as you recall that kiss.

But your first kiss is not the only time that your body reacts in such a positive way to a peck on the lips.  Every kiss triggers a series of physiological processes that boost an individual’s immunity. Yes you can get healthier through kissing!

A wet kiss with extra saliva can help wash bacteria off of your teeth to reduce oral plaque.  You see, kissing increases saliva flow which helps remove cavity-causing materials from the surfaces of teeth.

Further, French kisses exercise the underlying muscles of the face, which in turn can keep your face looking younger.  And a younger you is a happier you!

Finally, one of the most important health benefits of kissing is the intense bond that two individuals can feel together with a kiss.  Kissing is seen with all different types of animals and species, and has been shown to be important for connection and comfort.  When you feel comfortable and loved, you are more likely to care for yourself.  You will likely brush and floss to keep your mouth fresh for your mate. That in turn makes your gums firm and healthy.  It is a win – win – win all the way around!

So what are you waiting for?  Go find your loved one and give them a kiss—your mouth and health will thank you for it!

Learn More about Your Oral Health

If you would like to learn more information about how to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth at their best, do not hesitate to contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD.  Dr. Lerch will answer all of your questions about your oral health, and offer oral tips to keep your mouth healthy for the long term.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her team are passionate about delivering outstanding dental care to patients to ensure that smiles are both healthy and beautiful.  To find out more good oral health tips (like the power of kissing), contact our New Haven office today at 203-624-5356.



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