Kissing someone with poor dental hygiene could ruin your pearly whites
Sharing a passionate kiss with a significant other might not be as simple as you thought. Dentist, entrepreneur and founder of Oral Genome, Dr Tina Saw says kissing someone with poor dental hygiene could potentially have long-term effects on your pearly whites.
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RISKS OF KISSING SOMEONE WITH POOR HYGIENE
Saw told Business Insider that poor dental hygiene can lead to plaque and tartar build-up, which contains bacteria that can easily multiply in the mouth.
Through a kiss and exchanging saliva, one risks transferring this bacteria. She mentions that saliva is a great medium for bacteria to exist in.
“Kissing for 10 seconds can exchange about 80 million bacteria and microorganisms”, Saw explained.
‘TALK TO THEM GENTLY’…
Saw mentions that there is, unfortunately, no way to kiss someone without exchanging saliva. She mentions that there are ways a few ways to ensure better dental hygiene.
Talking to a partner about dental hygiene might be a bit of a touchy subject, but it is essential to communicate. Saw provides advice on how to deal with the situation with a partner.
“Talk to them gently about the subject and assist with developing a plan of good oral hygiene habits. Encourage them to eat healthy, exercise, and brush and floss with you.”
FOODS TO EAT FOR IMPROVED DENTAL HYGIENE
Brushing your teeth twice a day, and going to the dentist are not the only ways one can keep their dental hygiene in check. It’s also important to make sure you are eating the right foods.
Dr Saw suggests that foods like cheese and nuts are good for dental health.
Colgate seconds Saw’s advice about cheese and nuts and also recommends carrots, lean proteins, apples, leafy greens and black and green teas.
They also recommended more water and less sugary beverages such as fizzy drinks and juices. They also urge everyone not to be too keen on their alcohol.
Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.