It’s International Kissing Day! Kissing and Your Oral Health

If the sweet exchange of kisses is a part of your life, realizing the impact it can have on your oral hygiene and health is essential. On the one hand, kissing can be beneficial for your oral health. On the other hand, it can pose potential risks as well. Understanding these dual aspects can allow you to engage in this romantic expression without compromising your oral well-being. In honor of international kissing day, July 6, today’s article shares the impact of kissing on oral health.


The Dual Impact of Kissing on Oral Health and Hygiene

Kissing can, quite surprisingly, have a positive effect on your oral health. It stimulates saliva production, which is vital for maintaining a healthy oral environment. Our mouths are aided by saliva in neutralizing the acids, washing away food particles, and combating decay-causing bacteria, all contributing to good oral hygiene.

However, kissing can also transfer harmful bacteria or viruses that could lead to gum disease or oral infections. This particularly applies to “deep” or “French” kissing, which involves the exchange of saliva and potentially harmful microorganisms.

So, while kissing is often viewed through a romantic lens, it is prudent to be aware of its oral health implications. It underscores the need for meticulous oral hygiene to enjoy such intimate moments while maintaining a healthy mouth.


Maintaining Optimum Oral Hygiene and Health for Kiss-Ready Moments

Since kissing can have implications for oral health, maintaining optimum oral hygiene is essential. Regular dental cleaning is a crucial component of oral hygiene. It helps remove plaque and tartar build-up. Neglecting oral health treatment can result in the development of cavities or gum disease. Dental cleaning also keeps your breath fresh, ensuring a more enjoyable kiss.

Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, can help you attain a beautiful, kiss-ready smile. Treatments such as tooth coloured fillings, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding can rectify discoloured, misaligned, or damaged teeth, boosting your confidence to engage in romantic expressions like kissing.


Five Ways to Maintain a Perfect Kiss-Ready Smile

  1. Practice Regular Oral Care: Brush at least twice daily using fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once daily. Practicing oral hygiene at home and routine dental cleanings performed at the dentist can prevent bad breath and dental disease. Therefore, keeping your mouth healthy!
  2. Schedule Regular Dental Cleanings: Professional dental cleaning should be part of your oral care regimen. A dental hygienist can effectively remove tartar that regular brushing and flossing cannot, making your smile healthier and more attractive.
  3. Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks: Sugar feeds on bacteria in your mouth. Being mindful of your diet and including vitamin and mineral-rich fruits, vegetables, and dairy products will contribute to overall health and healthier teeth and gums.
  4. Hydrate Often: Drinking plenty of water benefits your overall health but also aids in maintaining fresh breath. Drinking water will wash away food particles and bacteria and stimulate saliva production. Try adding lemon or mint to excite your taste buds!
  5. Consider Cosmetic Dentistry Options: If you’re conscious about your smile, cosmetic dentistry can enhance your teeth’s appearance. Whitening, veneers, or aligners can dramatically improve your smile, giving you the confidence to kiss without hesitation.


Kissing has a nuanced relationship with oral health and hygiene. While it can promote beneficial saliva production, it also poses potential risks through the transmission of harmful bacteria. The key to navigating this is maintaining optimal oral hygiene through regular oral care, professional dental cleanings, a healthy diet, adequate hydration, and, if necessary, cosmetic dentistry. These practices can help ensure your smile is always kiss-ready, allowing you to enjoy these sweet moments while safeguarding your oral health.


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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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