FROM: Dr. Vargas, the Best Dentist in Bowie, MD.
TO: All of Our Current and Future Patients!
We also want you to know how much we appreciate all of you. And our Valentine’s present for all of our immensely appreciated patients? We have decided to give you a KISSING LESSON (from an oral hygiene perspective, of course)!
Anthropologists have argued for years about the origin of kissing. There are many cultural customs and scientific reasons surrounding this age-old affectionate action. While kissing can promote a psychological response of warmth and closeness, it also causes your brain to secrete some important and productive chemicals, such as:
· Oxytocin, which helps people develop feelings of attachment, devotion and affection for one another
· Dopamine, which plays a role in the brain's processing of emotions, pleasure and pain
· Serotonin, which affects a person's mood and feelings
· Adrenaline, which increases heart rate and plays a role in your body's fight-or-flight response
But along with that (here’s the dental hygiene part), when you kiss, hundreds or even millions of bacterial colonies are transported from one mouth to the other. And let’s face it – no one wants to kiss a person who has poor oral hygiene or bad breath. So let’s start with the basics:
· Make sure you brush at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
· Floss once per day – if you have trouble flossing or are not sure how, please ask! We’ll be glad to show you the ropes.
· Avoid sugary and acid-laden foods such as soft drinks, sports drinks, and candy. (Okay - we won’t tell anyone if you have a tiny bit of candy on Valentine’s Day!)
· Eat a well-balanced diet including lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, nuts and fiber.
· If you need to slip in a piece of gum or breath mint, make sure it contains Xylitol, which has been proven to reduce tooth decay.
· Drink plenty of water! This helps to rinse away food particles, and staying hydrated is good for fresh clean breath.
· See you dentist on a regular basis and call immediately if you suspect there are any problems with your oral condition.
Here at the Vargas Dental Associates, we want you to have a kissable February 14th and a lifetime of excellent dental health. If you have any questions or need to set up an appointment, please give us a call at 301-812-4470. We are here for you! Schedule your appointment today!