Are You Kissable? Things to Ponder Before Puckering Up

Pink in the Sink

Sure, every dentist you have ever visited has pestered you about the importance of brushing and flossing to keep cavities away, but it seems the importance of gum health has been overlooked by millions. Gum disease impacts over two-thirds of Americans, and most of them do not even know it.

Two common symptoms of periodontal disease are bleeding, swollen gums, and persistent bad breath. Since gum diseases are the equivalent of open wounds, kissing when you or your partner has bleeding or infected gums is inviting the transmission of unwanted bacteria and disease.

The same bacteria that cause inflammation in the gums and unpleasant breath can also travel throughout the rest of the body, putting you at an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and cancers. At the office of Goldstein Garber and Salama we offer the World's first FDA approved laser assisted periodontal therapy, which  painlessly removes the pathogenic bacteria  below the gum line to help restore your oral health.

K-I-S-S… H-P-V?

Human Papillomavirus, more commonly known has HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease today. In the United States it is estimated that 50-80% of adults will be infected with HPV in their lifetime.  Recently HPV has gotten more attention with the newly discovered vaccine Guardasil which protects women against cervical cancers.

What is less known about HPV is that it is transferable through kissing, and is also responsible for genital warts and several types of oral and throat cancers.

While there is not a routine medical exam to test for it, there are high-risk HPV screening methods that we offer in our office. All that is required is a saliva sample that we send off to the Oral DNA labs for analysis. We also offer oral cancer screenings standard as part of every hygiene visit. Be informed about health and risk!