Sex and Mouth Ulcers – Issues and Risks
Each person’s mouth contains bacteria. It’s natural and isn’t a problem as long as the person has good oral hygiene, and the mouth is healthy without any visible cuts, lesions or signs of dental disease.
However, it can become more of an issue for someone who is starting a new sexual relationship. In this case it’s important to make sure your mouth is clean and free from disease. You should also make sure your new partner doesn’t have anything unpleasant that’s transmittable, which can a difficult subject to broach especially in new relationships.
Keep in mind, there are a number of different issues that can create oral health problems and they include:
If you have bad breath you’re less likely to be kissed as it can be an indication of poor oral health which is pretty unappealing. You can make sure your mouth is always kissable through having regular checkups at Midtown Dentistry and through making sure you look after your oral hygiene at home. If your new partner has less than fresh breath then you might want to question their oral health, and quite often someone with poor oral health may have made fewer efforts to protect their general health.
POOR ORAL HEALTH
Although bad breath is sometimes caused by eating highly flavored foods, it can also be due to dental diseases such as gum disease or untreated tooth decay. Gum disease is a particular problem if you happen to be beginning any relationship as it can mean the gums frequently bleed. These open wounds will enable bacteria entering your mouth through for example someone else’s saliva or other bodily fluids to gain access to your bloodstream.
OPEN WOUNDS IN THE MOUTH CAN SPREAD INFECTION
This means if they have any nasty infections they will be passed straight onto you. Conversely if you have anything infectious then blood is an excellent way to transmit it to another person. This form of transmission will work well for numerous diseases including HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and herpes that can be spread during oral-genital sex. You need to take care if your new partner has the herpes simplex virus and has any signs of cold sores around the mouth. They must let you know if they think they might be developing a cold sore as this condition is highly infectious and they will need to avoid intimate contact with you during this period.
INCREASED RISK OF MOUTH CANCER
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is very common, and being exposed to it during oral sex increases your risk of throat cancer. Both men and women can be infected in this way, although it’s not quite clear how many people will get HPV throat infections through having oral sex and how many will go on to develop throat cancers.
Bacteria and viruses can thrive in the warm moist conditions of your mouth, potentially putting your general health at real risk. When you get involved with someone new then this is one conversation you really need to have. You can decrease your risk through making sure your oral health is as good as it can be and that you don’t have close contact with someone if you have any small cuts, ulcers or other lesions in your mouth until they have completely healed. If your new partner is someone who takes care of themselves and who visits the dentist regularly then your risk is likely to be lower, but why take the chance? This is especially relevant if there is any possibility that you could contract HPV, something that could increase your risk of developing a life-threatening condition.
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