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Kissing and the spread of bacteria

SPONSORED • Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:33 p.m. CST
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We’ve all heard about the “kissing disease” mononucleosis, but did you know that kissing really does spread all kinds of bacteria?

“There are over 400 different types of bacteria, fungus and yeast that live in the mouth,” said Ronald Murphy, who practices both general and cosmetic dentistry at his Batavia office, located at 1605 W. Wilson St., Suite 114. “And when you are kissing someone, you are sharing saliva with the other person and the saliva is where the bacteria is spread from.”

Essentially, when you are kissing someone, you are sharing everything with them. The bacteria that causes tooth decay is also present.

“Since everyone has the bacteria, it is the amount that is important,” Murphy said. “The more of the bacteria that causes tooth decay that you have in your mouth, the more tooth decay you will get.”

Murphy advises that brushing two to three times a day for two minutes with the correct technique, which means you spend time gently brushing each surface of the tooth, and flossing, can help. He added that for those who need more assistance, a mouthwash that uses essential oils can be helpful.

“Finally, see a dentist and follow their directions for how many times you need to be seen to keep your mouth healthy,” Murphy said.

But before fathers everywhere try to use this information to keep their teenage daughters from kissing boys, Murphy said kissing can also be good for your oral health.

“Kissing increases the blood flow to the mouth and lips, which will keep them healthy,” Murphy said.

Ronald Murphy DMD | | 630.879.7642 

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