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Mistletoe May Be Good For Your Teeth

'Tis the season of much merriment and mistletoe. It seems that kissing under the mistletoe might be better for more than just getting you in the mood, a holiday mood, that is. Kissing is good for your teeth!

According to the magazine Prevention, kissing increases the saliva in your mouth, which cleans your teeth helping to rid your pearly whites of harmful cavity causing bacteria. If you are mistletoe shy, you can always chew on some sugar-free gum to get your salivary glands working.

Fit's Tip: Mistletoe has received a bad rap as a lethal plant, but the New York Times investigated this issue and found that while the plant is toxic, it doesn't really merit the label "toxic." If accidentally ingested, mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal distress and a slowed heartbeat. So don't eat the mistletoe for dental health, but kiss as much as you can.


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emalove emalove 8 years
Ummm no thanks... I've read several times that mistletoe IS lethal to small animals and pets...if it's harmful to them, I'm not about to put it in MY mouth either. I'll stick to my mouthwash and breathmints!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I read on Dear that kissing can potentially cause cavities. But like dark chocolate, what's the harm in 'just a little bit?' ;-) Just keep brushing and flossing with all of that smooching!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Hehe it's a good thing! But I don't need Mistletoe to make me kiss my man :)
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