Be Careful Who You Kiss | Columbia Dentist

When you are close to someone you can often be overly comfortable in sharing everything. This reigns especially true with kissing. In one kiss, more than 500 germs can be shared between two people. Sharing a simple kiss can have an impact on your oral and overall health. We’ve listed some of the ways that kissing can be hazardous to your health.

Colds and Flus

When you feel like you might be coming down with a cold or flu, it is best to avoid kissing. You certainly don’t want to transmit any illnesses, especially in today’s world. Colds and flus are easily passed on through saliva and nasal fluids.

Cold Sores

If you see a cold sore near your mouth and lip or are starting to feel one coming on, you should avoid kissing someone. Cold sores will look like small, clear blisters usually close to your lips. Cold sores are a viral infection, but are extremely contagious. Cold sores that are leaking fluids are especially contagious, however even a sore without any fluid can spread to others in contact. Avoid contact if you see cold sores! The virus can also be spread to the eyes and other parts of the body. 

Mono–The Kissing Disease

Mononucleosis, or mono, is spread very rapidly through kissing. The disease can also be spread by sharing behaviors such as sharing a cup, food, or straw. We recommend avoiding sharing your food and drink with others. 

Periodontal Disease 

The bacteria that cause periodontal (gum) disease can be spread through kissing and especially through sharing a toothbrush. Don’t ever share a toothbrush with your partner or child.

Tips for Fresh Breath

It makes sense to want to have clean, fresh breath when kissing. It is best to avoid foods that contain strong spices and flavors, such as garlic or onion. Long after they have been consumed, it is still possible to smell these foods on someone’s breath. Make sure you follow a regular daily oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily, as well as brushing your tongue, roof of the mouth, and inside of your cheeks. We suggest using a mouthwash or sugar-free gum after eating to help diffuse strong odors. Sometimes bad breath can be caused by other factors, so if you feel these solutions are not working, contact us for a dental evaluation

Hundreds of germs can be shared when kissing. Watch out for cold sores as well as cold or flu symptoms. For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy, or to schedule your next visit, contact our office.

Diamond Dental Studio of Forest Acres Columbia
Phone: (803) 738-1114
3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

The Effect of Tobacco on Your Oral Health | Dentist in 29204

Chewing and smoking tobacco are known to cause severe health problems, particularly in the lungs. Quitting the use of tobacco is one of the most positive changes that you can make for your body. What you may not realize is that the risk to your mouth and teeth can be just as extensive and alarming as the risk to your body. Here’s what tobacco can do to your oral health.

Chewing Tobacco

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), tobacco chewers increase their risk of developing gum and cheek cancers by 50 times. Tobacco also causes the gums to recede, which can lead to sensitivity from exposed roots. This makes for an ideal location for bacteria to grow, leading to tooth and root decay. Ask our experienced oral health team about what you can do to keep your mouth healthy. We can help assist you in quitting when you are ready. 

Smoking

According to a report by the Academy of General Dentistry, smoking one pack a day can lead to the loss of two teeth for each decade of your life. Smoking increases your risk for periodontal disease. It destroys the tissue fiber support around your teeth, eventually leading to bone and tooth loss. Cigarettes and cigars are both damaging to your oral health. Smoking can cause dark staining on the teeth as well, leading to an unattractive smile.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can develop in several places in your mouth including on your tongue, lips, mouth floor, and gums. Those over 50, especially men,  are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer. However, oral cancer has been on the rise, especially for people under 30. Smoking and chewing tobacco greatly increase your risk for oral cancer. 

 Schedule an appointment with us to receive a thorough oral health examination, and ask us about an oral cancer screening, particularly if you are a tobacco user. Oral cancer screenings are often very quick as our dentist checks your mouth, teeth, and cheeks for signs of irregularities. If caught early, oral cancer can be treated.

If you are a tobacco user, we strongly advise you to quit. You can work with our professional dental team, as well as your doctor, to overcome tobacco use. For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next visit to our office, please give us a call

Diamond Dental Studio of Forest Acres Columbia
Phone: (803) 738-1114
3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

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Dr. Julia K. Mikell
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3261 Harrison Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

(We are easy to find in Forest Acres at the corner of Harrison Rd. and Budon Ct., near the Zesto’s on Forest Drive.)

(803) 738-1114

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For Many Communities Including:

Forest Acres, Fort Jackson, Arcadia Lakes, Lake Katherine, Heathwood, Shandon, Rosewood, Downtown Columbia, Earlewood, Cottontown and the University of South Carolina

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: Closed


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