Can Kissing Be Hazardous to Your Health? | Dr. Tyler Lockney

When you're close to someone, it's easy to be comfortable sharing, especially through kissing. However, with one kiss, over 500 germs can be exchanged, impacting your oral health. Here's what you need to know about the dangers of kissing.

Colds & Flus
If you're feeling under the weather with a cold or flu, it's best to avoid kissing. Diseases like colds and flus spread easily through saliva and nasal fluids.

Cold Sores
If you notice a cold sore near your mouth and lips, it's crucial to avoid kissing. Cold sores appear as small, clear blisters, usually near the lips. They're highly contagious, even without visible fluids. Avoid contact if you spot cold sores!

Mono, The Kissing Disease
Mononucleosis, or mono, spreads rapidly through kissing. It can also be transmitted by sharing items like cups, food, or straws. Avoid sharing food and drinks to minimize the risk. Remember, someone with mono might seem healthy, so it's essential to avoid sharing your germs.

Tips for Fresh Breath
Fresh breath is essential for kissing. Avoid foods with strong spices and flavors, like garlic or onion, as their scent can linger on the breath. Maintain a regular oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth twice daily, including your tongue, roof of the mouth, and inside of your cheeks. Using mouthwash or sugar-free gum after meals can also help freshen breath. If you're still experiencing bad breath, it might be due to other factors, so schedule an appointment with us for further evaluation.

While kissing can share hundreds of germs, being aware of cold sores, cold or flu symptoms, and maintaining your daily brushing and flossing routine can help protect your oral health.

For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next visit, contact Lockney Dental. Dr. Tyler Lockney and our team are here to help you maintain a healthy smile!

Lockney Dental
Phone: 704-788-4144
219 Branchview Dr NE
Concord, NC 28025