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Kissing Can Cause Cavities? Yikes.

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Before you pucker up the next time, you'd better brush up.

According to several studies, research reveals that tooth cavities can be transmitted from person to person through kissing. Just like a common-cold or flu virus can infiltrate the body while locking lips, the same goes for cavity-causing bacteria. And apparently, it happens all the time. Who knew? If We Stop Kissing Then Swine Flu Wins

This bacteria can also be passed via other methods besides kissing, as well. Young children are particularly likely to catch a few cavities from their caregivers. It can be as simple as a mother tasting her daughter or son's food to check the temperature—that would be just enough to transmit the bacteria.

But among adults, kissing is an extremely common way to pass those tooth-decaying cavities.

"In one instance, a patient in her 40s who had never had a cavity suddenly developed two cavities and was starting to get some gum disease," Chicago dentist Dr. Margaret Mitchell told the New York Times. What was the deal? The woman was seeing a guy who hadn't been to a dentist in more than 18 years. He had gum disease. Every time they swapped saliva, he was passing bacteria along to her. Yikes. 7 Ways To Get Your Man To Go To The Dentist

While this news isn't exactly a welcome discovery, don't let it affect your love life too much. Mitchell recommended simple methods to prevent the any real problems: brushing, flossing and chewing sugar-free gum, all of which will help wash that bacteria away from your teeth. So basically, amp up your oral-care routine just a little bit and you won't have to slow down your lip-locking.

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