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Impress Your Date Tonight with These 4 Fun Health Facts about the Mouth

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Health facts about mouth

Do you ever have trouble making conversation while on a date with someone new? Not sure how to turn up the heat a little without seeming desperate or a little on the creepy side? Then try these 4 fun mouth health facts gleaned from the current issue of Doctor Oz The Good Life and watch your date become suitably impressed by your knowledge of the human body.


Mouth Health Fact #1: Why are lips red?

Red lips are due to a dense network of blood vessels and nerves that lie close to the skin surface of the lips. In fact, it is this arrangement of blood vessels and nerves that makes kissing pleasurable and a sign of sexual arousal—hence an entire industry focused on making your lips their most alluring.

(For more about knowing what kind of mood your date may be in, checkout what one researcher discovered about when women are most likely to want sex.)

However, the lips can also be an indicator that something is not right with your health. For example, a bluish tint to the lips—called cyanosis—is due to having too little oxygen making it to your red blood cells. In addition, Dr. Oz warns that the lips are susceptible to skin cancer and should be protected with an SPF lip balm and checked periodically by a dermatologist for new bumps or blotches.

Mouth Health Fact #2: Are those bumps on your tongue really taste buds?

“Close,” but not quite accurate according to Oz-contributing writer Ted Spiker. Those bumps on the tongue—called papillae―are more likened to apartment buildings that each house numerous rooms that represent the actual taste bud cells.

Furthermore, one other fact people tend to get wrong is that different regions of the tongue are responsible for tasting sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami (a.k.a. “savory” for tasting things like MSG (monosodium glutamate)). The truth is that there are different types of taste cells within each bud.

And, if you are feeling like your date is becoming impressed with this route of discussion, you can offer to diagnose his or health with this simple Dr. Oz- recommended tongue test.

Mouth Health Fact #3: What’s the best treatment for a burned tongue?

Have you ever burned your tongue or the roof of your mouth from biting into a too-hot pizza? Forget about home remedies for burns like coating it with butter. The best remedy is a glass of cold water. Ice cold water will not only put a stop to the residual burning, but will quiet the inflammation and numb the pain.

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A burned tongue tip will typically feel kind of sandpapery afterward, but is nothing to worry about and should heal on its own within a few days.

Mouth Health Fact #4: What is the primary reason for that canker sore?

If your date shows up sporting a new sore on the mouth, don’t panic and start fishing for excuses why you need to cut this date short—it could be non-viral canker sore rather than the similar-appearing cold sore due to a type of herpes virus infection.

According to Dr. Oz―The Good Life, crater-like canker sores can be due to:

• Brushing too vigorously and damaging the soft oral tissues

• Chewing gum

• Stress

Dr. Oz’s favorite recommendation for treating canker sores is a product called Gly-Oxide antiseptic cleanser.

Time to Dump the Date

However, if your date is not one that you would like to pursue further, nothing puts a damper on dining than “accidently” discovering a hair in your meal that prompts a discussion about the importance you place on a great head of hair and how a 60-Second Baldness Test can reveal normal hair loss or the development of adrogenetic alopecia.

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Reference: Dr. Oz―The Good Life Aug./Sept. 2014 issue