#DentalFeature: The Risks And Benefits Of Kissing On Oral Health

first_imgClose up of smiling couple kissing PLANTATION, Florida – It might be weird to think about in the moment but sharing a kiss can be beneficial to your mouth. This is because the act of kissing activates certain biological processes you might not be aware of.While there are benefits of kissing on oral health, risks also exist. Learn more about both the positive and negative oral health effects associated with this gesture.What’s Really Exchanged in a Kiss?According to a study done, you have over 700 species of bacteria and organisms in your mouth. These bacteria are found in your saliva and on your oral surfaces, including your teeth, tongue, cheeks and surrounding areas. As the study explains, your tongue, in particular, is responsible for many of the microorganisms that wind up in your saliva.So, what happens when two people kiss? In a single kiss lasting approximately 10 seconds, a whopping 80 million bacteria can be transferred from mouth to mouth!Benefits of Kissing on Oral HealthYou may question how the exchange of saliva and bacteria could possibly be healthy, but kissing may offer some notable oral health benefits.For starters, kissing can increase salivary flow. Saliva is important because it helps to wash away excess food debris in the mouth and neutralizes harmful acids that can cause tooth decay. Some organisms in your saliva can help to decrease bacterial growth and even slow down plaque formation. Certain organisms in saliva help stop the growth of harmful bacteria, such as those responsible for oral thrush or strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which play a part in tooth decay. In short, a healthy saliva flow promotes a healthy mouth.And while kissing isn’t a sure path to immunity, kissing exposes you to more germs, which can help to boost your immune system. So, to some degree, you’re strengthening your body’s resistance to infectious organisms when sharing a kiss!Risks of Swapping SalivaThere is always some risk of illness when meeting bodily fluid. Kissing can make you susceptible to contagious illnesses, such as the common cold, herpes simplex virus or certain mouth warts.Kissing can also transmit the bad bacteria that lead to cavities. This risk is particularly important to keep in mind when kissing babies and newborns. They don’t have the bacteria that cause tooth decay in their mouths at birth, but if someone with infected saliva kisses them, those bacteria can then colonize.How to Maintain Oral Health When KissingThe act of kissing has its benefits and risks, and it can ultimately affect your oral health. Follow these tips and best practices to ensure that your gesture has no unintended consequences:Avoid kissing babies directly on the lips to prevent putting them at risk for tooth decay.Do not kiss someone if you — or they — are ill or have any mouth sores present.Maintain optimal oral hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once daily and visiting your dentist every six months.It’s in everyone’s best interest to maintain excellent oral and bodily health. Keep in mind these risks and benefits of kissing on oral health and feel good about sharing this intimate gesture safely!Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more

Stephen F. Austin’s ‘biggest’ win over Duke sends clear signal to college hoops critics: November matters, too

first_imgIf this were another low-major program that had gone into Cameron Indoor Stadium and won, that statement would have been indisputable. But SFA has reached the NCAA Tournament five times in the past 10 years, and each of those appearances required a Southland Conference tournament final victory to assure the Lumberjacks of a bid.And they advanced in two of those years: They beat No. 5 seed VCU in overtime, 77-75, in 2014. Two years later, they throttled No. 3 seed West Virginia, 70-56, and advanced to a second-round game against Notre Dame they should have won to reach the Sweet 16.MORE: Stephen F. Austin hero’s family severely impacted by Hurricane DorianSo, was beating top-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium — becoming the first non-conference opponent to win in that building since St. John’s did it in February 2000 — bigger than all of that?A Twitter poll I posted this morning indicated the public believes Collins was correct, that defeating Duke at Cameron was the biggest moment for SFA basketball. The margin was decisive, too: 65 percent for Duke, 35 percent for the West Virginia win in the 2016 NCAAs.Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports tweeted in favor of Tuesday night’s result: “Nobody like SFA has gone into Cameron and won in decades.”He has an excellent point there. St. John’s finished third in the Big East that year and ranked No. 9 in the AP poll. The Red Storm earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. To find a result similar to this for the Blue Devils, a home loss to a team from well outside the major conferences, one must travel all the way back to 1982-83, when they fell at Cameron to Wagner, 84-77. That Duke team was not ranked No. 1. That Duke team finished 11-17 — the last losing team Mike Krzyzewski coached from start to finish.Lots have beat Duke in March. Nobody like SFA has gone into Cameron and won in decades— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) November 27, 2019Adam Gold, who does the “Adam & Joe” afternoon drive program in the Raleigh/Durham region with co-host Joe Ovies, also voted for the SFA win at Cameron because “NCAA upsets happen all the time.”Last night because of the setting. NCAA upsets happen all the time. 14 over 3 uncommon, but not earth shattering. Winning AT CAMERON, and being as good as they were in the second half? Awesome.— Adam Gold (@AGoldFan) November 27, 2019“In almost every other circumstance, I would vote for the NCAA Tournament,” tweeted Derek Schultz of Indianapolis sports radio program “Query and Schultz.” But he opted for Tuesday night’s win because the Devils were No. 1 and owners of such a long home winning streak against non-league opponents. “Man, that’s about as historic as it gets for a regular season win.”In almost any other circumstance, I would vote for the NCAA Tournament victory.However, beating Duke who a) is #1; b) at Cameron; and c) to end a 150-game non-conference home win streak? Man… that’s about as historic as it gets for a regular season win.— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) November 27, 2019We wrote two weeks ago, after Evansville’s historic upset win over No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena, that the number of early entrants departing college basketball and the relatively meager national freshman class would have led to fewer truly elite teams in college hoops this season.Fewer meaning, well, none. But even those factors didn’t portend the kinds of results we are seeing for the top teams in the polls.The reaction to the Duke and Kentucky defeats could be considered an excellent development for college basketball in 2019-20, and not just for the legions of Devils and Cats haters. That so many would consider a November result to be monumental gives lie to the common refrain that NCAA basketball is a one-month sport.March is huge for the game, no doubt, but if this many people are paying attention before Thanksgiving, that cannot be a bad thing. Stephen F. Austin’s Nathan Bain let go of the layup that defeated No. 1 Duke with 0.2 seconds remaining in Tuesday night’s game.As the ball settled into the net, Fox Sports announcer Eric Collins shouted, “The Lumberjacks have done it!” Then he waited just a second or two longer before declaring, “This is going to be the biggest win in program history!”last_img read more

West Ham summer signing hopeful of Tottenham return

first_imgPedro Obiang is hoping to hand West Ham an injury boost by recovering from his thigh strain in time for the London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.The summer signing picked up the injury in training last month and missed games against Watford and Everton, from which the Hammers took just one point.Manager Slaven Bilic has since lost both Dmitri Payet and Enner Valencia to injury but could now welcome back Obiang in time to face Spurs.The 23-year-old midfielder told whufc.com: “I’m feeling better now and I’m training hard to hopefully join the rest of the guys but these things happen.“I just want to get back as soon as I can to help the team. We’re focusing on the areas where I’m feeling a bit of discomfort so that this week I can start training again with the rest of the team.“I’m very much looking forward to the next match against Tottenham as I am with every game as it represents a new opportunity to play.“I really hope that I have recovered by then and I can be part of the squad so I can make the fans happier.” 1 Pedro Obiang last_img read more