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Let’s talk about Sex Baby…Oral Sex + Gum Disease

Sex is one of the more famous 3 letter words in the English language. Songs have been written about it. We have been told it sells, a lot.  Back in the 90s Salt n Pepa asked us to talk about it. With Valentine’s Day around the corner many of you will be engaging in it. Before you do, I want to give you some food for thought. So let’s get up in there *corny pun intended* and let’s do it. Let’s talk about sex baby…oral sex!

Oral Sex? Yes! Yes!

Now before you get all excited, this won’t be a “how to”. Nor will I be revealing my darkest secrets or experiences concerning oral sex. I would encourage you to pump your perverbial brakes. Perhaps we will save that for a later date, ha!

For now, let’s discuss oral sex in conjunction with a subject that is very passionate to me *drum roll please* your dental health.  Womp womp* hey come back! 😉 Some of you may or may not know that I have been a dental hygienist since 1999. Therefore it is my moral, civil, and professional duty to educate you on the correlation between oral sex and gingivitis or gum disease.  How are they connected? Read on…

Oral Sex + Gum Disease

Symptoms of gingivitis aka gum disease include inflammation of the gum tissue, loosening or loose teeth, and ANY type of bleeding during brushing or flossing. Wait did she just say ANY bleeding? Yes guys ANY bleeding when brushing or flossing can be a sign of gum disease. Unfortunately 75% of the population has some form of gingivitis. That equates to 3 out of 4 people! Sorry big fella but, odds are that hottie you have your eye on at work has gum disease. Ladies, your bae (in your mind) at the gym with the abs most likely has plaque on his teeth that is filled with the bacteria that can cause your lady parts to have issues.

Let's Talk Oral Sex + Gum Disease

Did you know that if you engage in oral sex with someone who has a form of gum disease you significantly increase your risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection?

In fact, the Feminine Hygiene study conducted from 1999 to 2001 showed that participants who engaged in oral sex displayed an increase in gum problems. The study is not saying that one causes the other, however there is a definite correlation.

That could be why in women ages 14-49, over 30% have bacterial vaginosis or the infamous “BV”. The exact cause of BV is unknown, but this condition causes a decrease in the normal lactobacillus or “good” bacterial species found in the vagina and leads to an increase in the anaerobic microbes or “bad” bacteria that can cause discharge and a foul odor.

Am I saying oral sex is bad? Hell Nah!

Yes, I am aware that it’s 2017 and more people have incorporated oral sex into their routines. Let’s not forget Jhene Aiko’s demand about groceries that will forever be engraved in our mental.

Am I saying oral sex is a bad thing and that it is out of the question? Not at all. In fact, cutting that out of the equation may be likened to cooking your food without seasoning, and I would not ask you to do that unless your life depended on it.

However, before you “eat the booty like groceries” I ask you to consider the “bottom germs” that you could pick up or drop off in your salivary car pool like salmonella, shigella, or campylobacter. These bacterial species have even been linked to sexually transmitted infections and pre-term birth.

Will Trump Ban Oral Sex Next?

I certainly hope not…eye roll*.  A petition to stop oral sex isn’t needed. However, it is an activity that needs to be approached with caution and care.  As a dental professional am I saying for you to skip out on the “love below”? No I am not.  I am saying that you need to make sure you AND your partner go to the dentist and get your regular check-ups and cleanings before you end up spreading more than the love. This year before Valentine’s Day schedule a dental appointment for you and your honey.  If your single, schedule yourself one. They say if you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready.  Thank me later. You can get more information here

Until next time. Be safe.

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