When you’re close to someone, it’s easy to become overly comfortable with sharing, especially when it comes to kissing. However, kissing can have a significant impact on your oral health. Let’s explore some of the dangers associated with kissing.

Colds & Flus

If you feel like you might be coming down with a cold or flu, it’s best to avoid kissing. Colds and flus can easily be transmitted through saliva and nasal fluids. To prevent the spread of these diseases, it’s essential to avoid close contact, including kissing.

Cold Sores

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small, clear blisters that usually appear near the mouth and lips. They’re caused by the herpes simplex virus and are highly contagious. Even a sore without any fluid can spread the virus to others in contact. If you notice a cold sore, it’s crucial to avoid kissing to prevent transmission.

Mono, The Kissing Disease

Mononucleosis, or mono, spreads rapidly through kissing and can also be transmitted by sharing items like cups, food, or straws. It’s essential to avoid sharing food and drink to prevent the spread of mono. Remember, someone carrying mono might appear healthy, so it’s crucial to play it safe by avoiding sharing your food and germs.

Tips for Fresh Breath

Having clean, fresh breath is essential for kissing. To maintain fresh breath, avoid foods with strong spices and flavors like garlic or onion. Even after consuming these foods, their odor can linger on your breath. Follow a regular daily oral hygiene routine, including brushing your teeth twice daily, brushing your tongue, roof of your mouth, and inside your cheeks. Using mouthwash or sugar-free gum after eating can help combat strong odors. If you’re experiencing persistent bad breath, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aya Zaky for further evaluation.

Hundreds of germs can be shared during kissing, so it’s essential to watch out for cold sores, as well as symptoms of colds or flu. Don’t forget to maintain your daily brushing and flossing routine to keep your mouth healthy.

For more tips on maintaining oral health or to schedule your next visit with Dr. Aya Zaky, contact our office today!

Aya Zaky DDS
Phone: 517-321-2358
5001 W Saint Joe Hwy, Suite 2
Lansing, MI 48917