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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