Besos y microbios Martha Vargas Regenera

Entering the universe of microbes in the body through a kiss

The mouth, being moist and warm, is a perfect home for bacteria and receives food, which is the food residue that is usually left on the teeth and gums, necessary for their adhesion and survival. A person’s body, no matter how clean it is, will not be 100% germ-free. Our body is made up of trillions of bacteria and in most cases they are vital for human life. This is how the National Institutes Of Health defines it. “Microbes inhabit almost every part of the human body, living on the skin, in the mouth, in the gut, in the nose and in different organs; sometimes they cause disease, but most of the time, microorganisms live in harmony as hosts to their humans, providing vital functions essential to the harmony of our body.”

The ecosystem with millions of millions of microorganisms living in our body, called MICROBIOME, is essential for food digestion, nutrient synthesis and immune system alertness. In addition, some produce vasodilators that help regulate blood pressure. and disease prevention. It is formed by genetic inheritance, diet and age, but it is also influenced by the people with whom we interact and in particular those closest to us; this is why more and more is being studied: these ecosystems are essential for health, because not all microorganisms are harmful in our body, some are necessary to maintain the balance. However, there are areas of the body where germs tend to accumulate easily, and this can lead to unpleasant odors and disease.

In a kiss we share: love, passion, life, temperature and a lot of good and bad microorganisms, but in order not to alarm, I warn that for bacteria to be able to establish themselves in the mouth depends on whether they can adhere to any of its surfaces or not; if we already have a biofilm of bacterial plaque it will work as a glue for the bacteria. In addition, the immune system does not make it easy because saliva concentrates a type of antibodies called ‘IgA’, produced by the mucous membranes, which try to block the adhesion of bacteria. Therefore, although many bacteria from our partner may arrive with a kiss, most of them pass directly to the intestine. However, we must not let our guard down and protect ourselves and be careful: it is not a bad thing to know the habits of those we kiss. People with periodontal disease may transmit some of the harmful bacteria to their partners, such as the Aggregatibacter actinomycetencomitans or “AA” and has a particular facility to be transmitted but sharing microbiota with our partner can also have anti-cavity effects thanks to the presence in our mouths of Streptococcus dentisani When one of the members of a stable couple presents Streptococcus dentisani in your mouth, you pass it on to your partner, promoting their dental health as it is a probiotic bacterium.

A kiss is pure chemistry since it produces the release of oxytocin, the “love hormone”, which awakens feelings of affection and the desire to maintain the couple’s bond. First of all, taking into account the complex biological chemistry of kissing, choose well with whom you want to share the microbes of the ORAL MICROBIOT.

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Dra. Martha Vargas

Con mas de 20 años de experiencia en el campo de la odontología, es una de las pioneras en la técnica de Implantología Estratégica de Carga Inmediata en Colombia. Manejo de tratamientos bajo sedación para pacientes nerviosos. Miembro de la Asociación Colombiana de Periodoncia, se caracteriza por el amor a su trabajo y la calidad humana con quienes le rodean.


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