valentines day kissValentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated days as this season of love is closely observed all over the world. It is a time for romantic love and people give cards, flowers or presents to their partner/spouse. One of the things that will not be left out while sharing the love on this special day is giving kisses.

The tricky part about kisses is that a kiss may turn out to be memorable or less so. One occasion where an anticipated kiss may be cut short is when a partner has bad breath (also known as halitosis) or perhaps when you saw some food between your partner’s teeth but were too embarrassed to point that out and a kiss was already
planted!

Bad breath occurs when one does not observe a strict oral regime such as brushing and flossing regularly. Thus, the bacteria accumulate when bits of food are left in your mouth and between your teeth.

It is important to note that there are a few factors that may cause bad breath/halitosis:

  • Periodontal or gum disease
  • Consumption of certain foods e.g. garlic or onion as they release a pungent smell naturally
  • Dry mouth condition (xerostomia) which can occur due to hormonal changes (e.g., menopause) or due to other medications

The Specialist Dental Group team has a few tips to share with you on how to up your “kissability“ factor this Valentine’s Day:

  • When you brush, don’t rush. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes a day
  • Refrain from brushing too hard or over vigorous brushing as it may irritate/hurt the gums
  • Schedule a regular visit with your dentist at least twice a year

When one feels good about their overall oral health and how they look, they naturally feel better about themselves and their health.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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