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Could Kissing Be a Risk To Your Oral Health…?
Here’s Your Guide to Smart Smooching…

Kissing is a natural part of life. It’s how we show love and affection to those close to us – or maybe, with a complete stranger at a New Year’s bash somewhere, sometime (not recommended).

But should you be proceeding with caution before puckering up? Our Toronto dentist thinks so.

There are a few risks involved with kissing – with one being a little more worrisome (or incurable) than the other two. The few common risks associated with kissing are:

1. Cold or flu

If the person you’re kissing feels like they might be getting sick, or more obviously, if they are – it’s best to avoid smooching until you’re sure they are free from any bug or virus. Colds and flues can be easily transmitted through saliva or nasal fluid… icky.

2. Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis (mono), alternatively known as the “kissing disease”, is easily spread via saliva contact – so you could also catch it in other ways. Most common in teens and young adults; mono typically causes sufferers to experience a high fever, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness and body aches, and a sore throat, among other symptoms.

3. Herpes simplex (cold sores)

Finally, the problem we’d be most worried about are cold sores, caused by the herpes simplex virus. But luckily, it’s quite easy to reduce your risk of contracting this virus: just ensure the person you’re about to kiss has no visible sores on or around their mouth, as these are highly contagious.

While there are risks to kissing, there are also benefits…

A passionate make-out sesh with a healthy partner boosts saliva production, which is a pro for smile health. This is because saliva helps to neutralize decay-causing acids in the mouth, while also helping to wash away bacteria and debris from the teeth. So as long as you practice smart smooching, you can KISS any concerns good-bye, and keep spreading the love!