When you’re close to someone, it’s easy to become comfortable with sharing, especially through kissing. However, in a single kiss, more than 500 germs can be exchanged between two people, impacting your oral health. Let’s explore some of the risks associated with kissing.

Colds & Flus
If you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu, it’s best to avoid kissing. Diseases like colds and flus are easily transmitted through saliva and nasal fluids.

Cold Sores
Avoid kissing if you or your partner have cold sores, which appear as small, clear blisters near the mouth and lips. Cold sores are highly contagious, even without visible fluid leakage, and can easily spread to others in contact.

Mono, The Kissing Disease
Mononucleosis, or mono, spreads rapidly through kissing and sharing items like cups, food, or straws. To stay safe, avoid sharing food and drinks with others, even if they appear healthy.

Tips for Fresh Breath
Maintaining fresh breath is essential for enjoyable kisses. Avoid foods with strong flavors like garlic or onion, as their odors can linger on the breath. Follow a 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 meals can help combat strong odors. If you’re still experiencing bad breath, schedule an appointment with us to address any underlying issues.

Hundreds of germs can be shared during kissing, so it’s essential to be mindful of cold sores and 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, contact Zhao Dental, your trusted dentist in Pleasanton. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile.

Zhao Dental
Phone: (925) 462-7117
5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd STE 200
Pleasanton, CA 94588