Assuming everyone involved has a reasonable standard of dental hygiene, kissing encourages saliva production, which helps to rid teeth of bacteria, but apparently also ‘remineralises’ teeth and protects them from acid attacks, cosmetic dentist Sivan Finkel told Glamour magazine.
For every 10 seconds you spend kissing, you pass along 80 million bacteria says Men’s Fitness – which all sounds pretty gross until you realise that those shared germs actually boost your immune system. Based on information from Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, kissing introduces you to bacteria you may encounter later on and more equipped to ward off future infections – a bit like a vaccine.
“Kissing can help to delay the signs of ageing”
You probably didn’t need us to tell you this one. A kiss releases the hormone oxytocin and induces a sense of calm, relaxation, and bonding in humans (no surprises there). It also releases endorphins (happy hormone) and decreases the stress hormone cortisol. Mindgreenbody.com reckons it has similar benefits to meditation.
CNN reported that passionate kissing gets your heartbeat revved in a healthy way that helps lower your blood pressure and dilates your blood vessels to help blood flow getting to your vital organs.
“It helps to protect your teeth!”
Apparently kissing can also help to delay the signs of ageing. Dr. Neinstein told Glamour magazine that the increased blood flow to your face can stimulate collagen production while higher blood flow increases the number of small blood vessels helping to nourish skin. The mechanics of a kiss also give your facial muscles a work out leading to firming of the face, especially the lower half.
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