When you’re close to someone, you often share a lot, including kisses. However, kissing can have an impact on your oral health. Here are some of the dangers to be aware of:

Colds & Flus
Sharing kisses when you’re feeling under the weather can spread colds and flus. These illnesses are easily transmitted through saliva and nasal fluids. If you suspect you’re coming down with a cold or flu, it’s best to avoid kissing to prevent spreading the germs.

Cold Sores
Cold sores, those small, clear blisters usually near the lips, are highly contagious. Even without visible fluid, cold sores can spread to others through kissing. If you have a cold sore, avoid kissing until it has healed to prevent transmitting the virus.

Mono, The Kissing Disease
Mononucleosis, or mono, spreads rapidly through kissing and sharing items like cups or utensils. Even if someone looks healthy, they could still carry the virus. To prevent spreading mono, avoid sharing food and drinks with others.

Tips for Fresh Breath
Maintaining fresh breath is essential for enjoyable kissing. Avoid foods with strong spices like garlic or onion, as their odors can linger on the breath. Follow a regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing your teeth twice daily and cleaning your tongue, mouth roof, and inside of your cheeks. Mouthwash or sugar-free gum can help freshen breath after meals. If bad breath persists, consult us for further advice.

Hundreds of germs can be shared through kissing, so watch out for cold sores and avoid kissing when you’re sick. Don’t forget to maintain your daily brushing and flossing routine.

At Covington Family Dentistry, Dr. Jonathan Covington and our team are here to help keep your mouth healthy. For more tips or to schedule your next visit, contact our office. Your oral health is our priority!

Covington Family Dentistry
Phone: (501) 221-3400
904 Autumn Road Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72211