We’re not recommending kissing over brushing or flossing, but here’s another reason for you to pucker up. Kissing is a natural cleansing process. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, kissing stimulates the saliva flow, which in turn washes out the mouth. Saliva is known to contain antibacterial compounds, and it also helps remove the cavity-causing food particles that get accumulated after eating. It helps break down the oral plaque and in some way, promotes the repair of small lesions in the tooth enamel.

Dental hygiene is important, and must follow the usual brushing-flossing-rinsing routine. Follow it for a healthy mouth, but don’t forget to lean in for a big kiss.

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