When you’re close to someone, you can often be overly comfortable in sharing, especially with kissing. In one kiss, more than 500 germs can be shared between two people, which can impact your oral health. Here are some of the dangers of kissing.

Colds & Flus
Feeling like you might be coming down with a cold or flu? It’s best to avoid kissing. You don’t want to transmit any diseases. Colds and flus are easily passed on through saliva and nasal fluids.

Cold Sores
If you see a cold sore near your mouth and lips, avoid kissing someone. Cold sores, small, clear blisters usually close to your lips, are highly contagious. Even if they’re not leaking fluids, they can spread to others in contact. Avoid contact if you see cold sores!

Mono, The Kissing Disease
Mononucleosis, or mono, spreads rapidly through kissing. It can also spread through behaviors like sharing cups, food, or straws. We recommend avoiding sharing food and drink with others. Someone carrying mono might appear healthy, so always play it safe by avoiding sharing your food and your germs.

Tips for Fresh Breath
It’s essential to have clean, fresh breath when kissing. Avoid foods with strong spices and flavors, like garlic or onion, as their odor can linger. Follow a regular daily oral hygiene routine, including brushing your teeth twice daily, brushing your tongue, roof of the mouth, and inside of your cheeks. Using mouthwash or sugar-free gum after eating can help diffuse strong odors. If you feel these solutions aren’t working, make an appointment with our 53704 Dentist.

Hundreds of germs can be shared when kissing. Watch out for cold sores, as well as cold or flu symptoms. Don’t forget to keep up with your daily brushing and flossing routine.

For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next visit, contact McKinney Dental.

McKinney Dental
Phone: 608-245-6511
1410 Northport Dr
Madison , WI 53704