Feb 14, 2014

A More Kissable You

Kiss me, you fool!

But as a smoker, you could be fooling yourself to think that a non-smoker enjoys kissing you. It has nothing to do with how sexy and adorable you are. It has everything to do with the fact that non-smokers generally dislike the smell and taste of smoke.

Non-smokers tend to prefer non-smokers. So not smoking means you
are more available to the majority of men.
Of course you could always carry a little vial of mouthwash around with you or chew gum to mask the taste of cigarettes. But these are just temporary fixes.

And the important thing to keep in mind is that it's not just the smell that's bothersome. Kissing someone is an intimate act that can lead to other intimate acts and a possible relationship. When you're thinking about have a relationship with someone, you're evaluating what kind of person they are and what kind of partner they'll be.

Smoking cigarettes may send a signal to a prospective mate that you don't care about your health. It may actually go against his core values -- especially if he's macho-man who loves to work out at the gym six days a week.

Smoking leads to a whole slew of dental problems, including bad breath and yellow teeth, which are just the early signs of an unhealthy mouth.

A new study has found that smoking can also lead to gum disease, which causes tooth loss. Smoking messes up the normal function of gum tissue, which affects the attachment of bone and soft tissue to the teeth.

Bad bread and yellowed teeth are just the tip of the iceberg.
Smokers were about four times more likely than non-smokers to have periodontal disease; nearly 53 percent of gum disease was attributed to smoking.

But there was good news in the study, too. Researchers found that smokers who had quit at least 11 years earlier faced no increased risk of gum disease, according to the findings published in the Journal of Periodontology.

So the upshot is that quitting smoking or switching to an e-cigarette will likely reduce your risk of gum disease.

And you'll be more kissable, too.

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