Although you might wanna be careful who you kiss, because they can transmit a number of diseases, kissing a healthy partner can be good for your teeth. There are a few reasons for this:
1. Everyone has bacteria in their saliva; about 80% is common to everyone, and 20% unique to each individual. When you exchange another healthy person's saliva, you are exchanging the 20% unique bacteria that they have in their mouth. This means that by exchanging saliva, you are being exposed, and become resistant to that 20% of unique bacteria!
2. Passionate kissing stimulates the flow of saliva. This neutralizes acids, and flushes away food particles, preventing tooth decay. More saliva also means that your mouth will be less dry, and dry mouths are more prone to infections.
3. Saliva helps rebuild tooth enamel, which further prevents tooth decay.
Cough…cough…COUGH. Ugh. It seems like everybody is sick with something these days. You’ve heard about chicken soup, hand washing, vitamin C, and all the usual ways to keep healthy. But once you’ve caught the bug, there’s not much you can do other than wait it out with some tissues and a warm bed. Not even the over-the-counter medicine helps that hacking cough! We’re here to help. A recent study found that honey was more effective in treating a persistent cough than cough syrup.
105 children were involved in the study, and the results were overwhelming. Honey consistently scored better than cough syrup in all categories: decreasing cough frequency, lessening severity, and improving sleep quality. Of course, parents will want to consult with their child’s pediatrician before giving their little ones honey, but if given the go-head, it’s a unique (and natural) way to deal with that nasty cough that keeps the whole family up at night.