What’re you smiling about?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
By Abbey Khan


Just because Valentine’s Day is over, it doesn’t mean you have to stop the romance. In fact, here are some reasons to keep smooching and smiling according to celebrity dentist, Dr. Jeff Golub-Evans, Dr. Emanuel Layliev of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, and Dr. Mickey Bernstein, President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Kiss plaque away
Locking lips helps maintain a healthy smile by increasing saliva production, which acts as a natural lubricant by slipping under plaque and washing it away.

Kiss away calories
Kissing burns 12 calories every 5 seconds. Lose one pound a month with three passionate kisses a day. Kissing also works 30 facial muscles.

Sharing a toothbrush
It’s safe! You’re exchanging just as many germs by sharing a toothbrush as you are kissing your partner.

Cavities are contagious
First the bad news. You can increase the risk of getting cavities by kissing someone who has no history of cavities due the level of bacteria in their saliva. Now the good news. You can also build up immunities to cavities by kissing someone who is more cavity-prone.

Chocolate may keep the doctor away
Yes, chocolate does have sugar but the cocoa bean in chocolate can inhibit tooth decay. Even more reason to eat chocolate.

So go ahead kiss and tell!

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