What’s worse than standing alone on New Year’s Eve watching everyone in the room embraced in a kiss while you stand aside? What a blue and empty feeling. Is it your breath?
Are you hoping for a delightful New Year’s Eve kiss this year? Ring in the new year with that kiss, but first prepare yourself with the best oral hygiene tips around, because good kisses begin with great dental health.
Begin with amazing oral hygiene practices
- Check your breath – Don’t begin your new year with a a repulsed look in your face and take care of your foul smelling breath. Bad breath is the number one way to have someone turn and walk the other way from your kiss. Be sure you’re brushing and flossing twice a day and pay detail to your tongue and the roof of your mouth. If bad breath is a continuous problem for you, try and figure out the root cause. The bacteria balance in your mouth could be disrupted, so avoid processed sugar to see if that is the culprit. There are also amazing probiotics that help balance bacteria phenomenally. If you’re nervous at midnight, use breath freshener to be absolutely sure your breath doesn’t stink.
- Get a teeth whitening treatment – What makes lips smoochable? White teeth! Scheduling a teeth whitening treatment will ensure your lips will stand out and that your smile will be seen from across the room. Compliment your kissable lips with teeth that sparkle.
- Avoid smoking – Smoking cigarettes attributes to bad breath, in addition to causing brown tar stains and discoloration. If that doesn’t stop you, keep in mind it gives you a higher risk in developing oral cancer, so you may lose the ability to kiss as a result.
How kissing impacts your dental health
Many people may avoid, or dance around the facts, but in a single kiss you can exchange up to 80 million bacteria, so it’s true, cooties are absolutely a real thing! You can get gum disease from kissing or even sharing a beverage or toothbrush. So, you may want to think twice about the next person you kiss, you could be putting yourself at risk!
Our mouths have a mixture of both good and bad bacteria. When you engage with someone who has gum disease or cavity-causing bacteria and you yourself have a low concentration of the bad bacteria, you have an increased chance of “catching” a dental issue as a result of an influx of the bad bacteria.
The good news is you don’t necessarily have to stop kissing your romantic partner in order to avoid getting gum disease. Dental health issues can not only present themselves through bad bacteria, but also through poor oral hygiene habits, so always practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly for a routine cleaning.
Get in before NYE
If you need a teeth cleaning or whitening treatment before the big party, schedule an appointment with us today, and we’ll ensure a beautiful smile that’s fresh and clean.
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