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Gingivitis and Your Sex Life

Here’s something I’m sure you’ve never thought about… how does your oral health relate to your sex life? I’m not talking about anything popping a breath mint or chewing a piece of gum can fix, I mean your oral hygiene, your gums, blood, and more, and how they can affect and relate to your sex life.

Consider this, moderate gingivitis is present in at least 70% of the population. We have all heard about it from our dentists, we know the warning signs and most of us have it or have been affected by it at some point in our lives. Gingivitis causes bleeding in your gums and can cause bad breath as well. The bacteria that contributes to gingivitis and gum disease can be shared when kissing or when engaged in sexual activities.

Do you get it now?

Our mouths have the potential to harbor at least 600 different bacterial species. The surface of our teeth can have as many as one billion bacteria attached to the plaque that is present. The transferring of all of these different bacteria can lead to infections and illness, not only orally, but where ever fluids are transferred.

Just like sex in general, with oral sex make sure to take care of your teeth, gums, and use protection. Get your regular dental checkups, sexual health screenings, and be aware!


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