Kissing is a common activity among people. Since it’s something that’s such an everyday occurrence, people should know as much about it as possible. How many people know that kissing can cause cavities? Knowing the hygiene habits of the person you’re kissing may be important. Their saliva can transfer bacteria into you, and make cavities in your mouth. Hopefully, your saliva is strong enough to prevent this, as it’s considered the body’s all natural method for cleaning the mouth.
Marc Liechtung, DMD, principal in New York-based Manhattan Dental Arts has created a list of things people should know about kissing.
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You burn 26 calories in a one minute kiss.
(Who needs to go to the gym when you can get a good work-out by making-out?)
The average woman will kiss 79 guys before she’s married.
(The number she kisses after she’s married remains a deeply guarded secret.)
The average person will spend an estimated 20,160 minutes kissing in their lifetime.
(Probably more if they make it a regular part of their exercise routine!)
First Kiss: 50 percent of all people have their first kiss before the age of 14.
(The other 50 percent lies about when they had their first kiss to be accepted by their social circle.)
Ninety percent of people in the world engage in kisses on the lips. People in other cultures, such as Eskimos, rub noses.
(I don’t want to think about those bacteria exchanges.)
Kissing Record. In September 1990 Alfred Wolfram kissed 8,001 people in 8 hours (over 16 people a minute) at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
(I bet he owned some serious stock in Lip Balm! With all that bacteria, I bet Alfred had dentures a month later!)
First Movie Kiss. John C. Rice kissed May Irwin in 1896 and became the first couple to be recorded kissing in the film “The Kiss.”
(I wonder if they made a sequel called “Guess what we learned from the French?”)
South Africa Bans Kissing. In December 2007, the South African government banned kissing involving anyone under the age of 16, regardless of consent.
(I’m certain the rate of cavities for people under the age of 16 in South Africa just plummeted.)
Blarney Stone. According to legend, any person who kisses the Blarney Stone in the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, will be endowed with the gift of gab.
(They’ll also be endowed with the gift of being recognized as someone who can be fooled into kissing a piece of rock, and being proud of it.)
Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign contract.
(I can imagine this came from the common Roman pick-up line “Hey baby, how about you and me go somewhere and sign some contracts? Once you sign a contract with Maximus, there’s no going back.”)
Dentists recommend for maintaining a mouth in peak kissing condition, people should brush their teeth daily and have annual dental check-ups.
(After a good check-up do dentists say “You have no cavities and are in good enough shape to kiss thousands of people at a Renaissance Festival?“)
Manhattan Dental Arts
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