Thursday, April 21, 2005

Kissing and Gingivitis

Hi gang!

Been a slow day today. I came home and am currently playing some online poker before heading for a good night's sleep. Came across this article sponsored by the makers of Listerine about kissing and gingivitis. To quote:

With National Oral Health Month underway, here's something to make you think twice before puckering up: Studies show there may be a one-in-three chance of transmitting gingivitis-causing bacteria--one source of gum disease -- through saliva. Considering three out of four Canadians have gingivitis, the earliest and most easily treatable form of gum disease, odds are that you or your partner do too. Yet, if you're like nearly 80 per cent of us, you've been unaware up until now.

To help minimize the risk of transmission, they recommend brushing, flossing and the use of Listerine. I'll make it even simpler: properly brushing and flossing alone should minimize your risk of transmission. Listerine will help if there are situations where you can't do this.

Click here for the full article.


Take care and good night

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD