Kissing is quite an important act in relationships as it bonds couples together, it adds passion to the relationship, aids foreplay and orgasm and has a whole lot of health benefits.
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association with over 35,000 general dentists warns that couples can share about 500 different types of disease-causing germs and viruses through kissing.
Kissing a partner with an unhealthy mouth or a partner who doesn’t care about mouth hygiene could have a devastating effect.
This is also known as kissing disease; however, glandular fever is the common term for this viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. This virus is spread via saliva contact when kissing. Its symptoms are fatigue, headache, sore throat, a general feeling of unwell, fever etc. It’s not all that contagious but it can definitely be contacted via kissing.
If you feel flu coming or your partner is down with flu, it would be wise to avoid kissing at that time as it can be easily contacted through contact with saliva or nasal secretions. This is the most common disease gotten while kissing.
3. COLD SORES
These are caused by the herpes virus; they appear as tiny, fluid-filled blisters that form around the mouth and lips. These sores are highly contagious especially if they are secreting fluids. A wound near the lips is most often herpes, so a make-out session should be avoided at this point.
4. MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE
Meningococcal disease is a disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria Meningitidis; you could actually carry this bacterium in your nose or throat without any symptoms; however, it could sometimes invade the body and cause certain illnesses such as the meningococcal disease. This disease can also be spread via saliva contact and kissing.
Mouth hygiene shouldn’t just be your responsibility alone; make sure your partner takes mouth hygiene seriously as well. Kissing is a fundamental part of every relationship; it’s an important tool in a relationship; don’t take kissing for granted.