Kissing Promotes Good Dental Health
If you don't floss like we advise, at least take this piece of advice from the Academy of General Dentistry - kissing is linked to the prevention of tooth decay. Kissing stimulates saliva, which helps reduce the incidence of cavities.
"Kissing is nature's cleansing process," says Heidi Hausauer, a dentist and spokeswoman for the academy. "Saliva washes out the mouth and helps remove the cavity-causing food particles that accumulate after meals."
If you have no one to kiss, try sugar-free gum. It's not quite as fun, but still very effective in producing saliva.
Other Saliva Facts
- Saliva levels are higher when you are standing or lying down than when sitting.
- Saliva rates are higher in winter than in summer and higher in the morning than in the afternoon.
- The mineral ions in saliva help "re-mineralize" early lesions in tooth enamel.
- Sugar, salt, butter and acidic foods produce the highest saliva flow.
- Anxiety levels and thoughts of food affect saliva flow.